CJ America Inc., maker of Annie Chun’s soup and noodle products, and a plaintiff have reached a settlement in a lawsuit alleging the company misled consumers by selling products with monosodium glutamate (MSG) while labeling the foods with the claims “No MSG Added” or “100 percent all natural ingredients.” Petersen v. CJ America Inc., No. 14-2570 (S.D. Cal., settlement agreement filed October 30, 2015).
Under the agreement, CJ America will pay $1.5 million to a settlement fund distributed in $1.50 increments to purchasers of each eligible product, with a limit of 10 claims for class members without proofs of purchase. Any remaining funds will be directed to the Mayo Clinic, Action for Healthy Kids and National Farm to School Network. CJ America will also remove “No MSG Added” from its product packaging for a minimum of three years. Attorneys for the plaintiff seek 25 percent of the settlement fund ($375,000) as attorney’s fees.