A German appeals court has dismissed a lawsuit brought by consumer group Stiftung Warentest accusing candy-manufacturer Ritter Sport of labeling its Whole Hazelnut bar as natural despite containing piperonal, which the group contends can only be obtained using unnatural chemicals. The ruling prevents Stiftung Warentest from claiming Ritter is misleading customers but does not yet allow claims for damages. A representative of Stiftung Warentest expressed disappointment with the decision, saying that they still did not know how Ritter produced the piperonal, but a Ritter representative said that the company, along with its piperonal supplier Symrise, had filed patents on how the substance could be obtained naturally. See Confectionary News, September 15, 2014.