How many strawberries have to be in strawberry Pop-Tarts? A judge weighs in. I’m Amy E. Feldman.
Last October, a woman filed a class action lawsuit against Kellogg’s, claiming that its Whole Grain Frosted Strawberry Pop-Tarts are deceiving to consumers because strawberries aren’t the only fruit filling ingredient. Instead, the Pop-Tarts contain less than 2% strawberries, along with apples and pears. The plaintiff claims she wouldn’t have bought them had she known the truth.
If you’re thinking “Really? She bought Pop-Tarts because she thought she’d be getting mostly strawberries?” then you and the judge, who just tossed out the lawsuit, agree. The judge said no reasonable consumer would conclude that there was a certain amount of strawberries in a toaster pastry. Which is good news for common sense—and there’s good news for consumers: legal regulations give you a way to know what’s in the food you’re eating. Instead of looking at the picture on the front, just turn the box over and look at the ingredients where you will learn what’s really in there.