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Suit claims Campbell’s soup misleads with ‘Heart-Check Mark’

Posted Aug 16, 2013 5:45 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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A class action lawsuit claims some of Campbell’s Healthy Request soups don’t live up to the American Heart Association’s nutritional guidelines, though they carry the AHA’s "Heart-Check Mark."

The soups contained more sodium than recommended by the AHA’s noncommercial nutritional guidelines, according to the federal lawsuit filed Tuesday in Camden, N.J. Instead, the soups satisfy lower standards set by the Food and Drug Administration, according to the suit. The New Jersey Star-Ledger and the Cherry Hill Courier-Post have stories.

The complaint alleges the Heart-Check Mark is “unfair, deceptive and misleading.”

Campbell Soup Co. and the AHA are both defendants in the suit. The AHA said in a statement that it regularly conducts lab tests to verify that Heart-Check Mark foods meet the group’s nutritional criteria, which are more stringent than FDA guidelines. A Campbell’s spokeswoman said the company has complete confidence in the accuracy of its labels and marketing communications.

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