Food mislabeling and false advertising are a very serious problem and can be quite dangerous. While in some cases, the harm is only in money wasted, mislabeling or false claims can lead consumers to ingest food that causes a severe allergic reaction or other health problems. Companies that sell mislabeled food or participate in fraudulent advertising can be held accountable. That includes restaurants. If you have been harmed by food mislabeling or false advertising, you may be able to recover financial compensation for your injuries.
One tactic that some food companies use to increase profits is to substitute cheaper ingredients for the ingredients you believe you are getting. It can mean that you pay premium prices for a lower quality product and robs you of your ability to take control over your health by making conscious, informed decisions about what you put into your body. In some cases, it means that foods chosen for specific health benefits do not have those benefits, and in worse cases it can mean consuming ingredients that are dangerous such as allergens or toxins.
Examples of foods that are commonly adulterated include:
- Olive oil and other oils
- Dried spices
- Vanilla extract
Another way in which food companies can deceive and harm consumers is by making false claims about their products. False claims and fraudulent advertising can range from claims that foods are all natural when they contain synthetic ingredients or organic when they do not meet the standards required to claim that products have health benefits that they do not have, or exaggerating the health benefits.