A Brookline man who charges Whole Foods duped him into buying its 365 Everyday Value Plain Greek Yogurt by claiming it has far less sugar than it really does didn't just walk into his local Whole Foods demanding a refund - he filed a federal class-action lawsuit demanding the chain accurately label its yogurt and pay him, other purchasers and his lawyers millions of dollars for their trouble.
In a lawsuit filed last week in US District Court, Tracey M. Knox alleges Whole Foods did nothing after a scathing Consumer Reports test showed its everyday-value yogurt had 11.4 grams of sugar per serving, rather than the 2 grams claimed on the side of each and every cup of the stuff.
Among health conscious consumers, yogurt can be and is an important component of a healthy diet. For those with health conditions, such as diabetes, the accuracy of sugar content in products is extremely important. Defendant has a duty to provide accurate information on its product label and has failed to do so.
Knox, who did not specify whether he has diabetes or another condition that would require especially accurate sugar readings, did say he only bought the yogurt "because of its purported health benefits - including low sugar content."