In January 2019, a class-action lawsuit was filed alleging that Food For Life Baking misleadingly markets Ezekiel 4:9 breakfast cereals that are made with “sprouted organic live grains, legumes, and seeds.” The complaint claims, among other things, that the company misleadingly:
- Compares its breakfast cereals to other cereals that are made using non-sprouted grains and whole grains without identifying the other cereals being used in the comparison;
- Represents that its cereals have decreased levels of antinutrients (which reduce the body’s ability to absorb nutrients) because the amount of antinutrients in other similar cereals is also low; and
- Represents that its cereals provide benefits from a “living food” when, according to plaintiffs, any nutritional benefits are gone after the sprouted grains have been dried, made into flour, and heated.
(Elliott et al v. Food For Life Baking Co., Inc., Case No. 19-cv-249, E.D.N.Y.)