A plaintiff has filed two similar lawsuits against H.J. Heinz Co. and Rockstar, Inc. alleging the companies’ products wrongfully bear “Made in the USA” label claims because they contain “foreign ingredients.” Alaei v. Rockstar, Inc., No. 15-2959 (S.D. Cal., filed December 31, 2015); Alaei v. H.J. Heinz Co., No. 15-2961 (S.D. Cal., filed December 31, 2015).
Heinz 57® sauce, one complaint argues, is misrepresented as manufactured in the United States because some of its ingredients, including “turmeric, tamarind extract, and jalapenos, among other ingredients,” are “not from the United States.” Similarly, Rockstar’s Sugar Free beverage, described as “Made in the USA” on the label, contains “various amounts of taurine, guarana seed extract, and milk thistle extract, which, among other ingredients in Defendants’ products, are not from the United States.” These foreign ingredients, the complaint argues, are problematic because they are not subject to the same strict regulatory requirements and “are of inferior quality, potentially more dangerous and less reliable.” In both complaints, the plaintiff seeks class certification, declaratory judgment, an injunction and damages.