Kashi GoLean CerealAre Kashi’s “All Natural” products really all they’re cracked up to be? Not according to a federal class action lawsuit, which claims Kashi Co. and Kellogg Company mislabeled their products as free of artificial ingredients, even though they knew that some of their GoLean and TLC products are “composed almost entirely of synthetic and unnaturally processed ingredients.” Some of these synthetic ingredients are even listed by the FDA as prescription drugs and federally declared hazardous substances, the Kashi class action lawsuit alleges.

Kellogg has already settled at least two false advertising class action lawsuits concerning the nutritional claims of its Rice Krispies Cereal (file a claim to receive up to $15 from the Rice Krispies settlement here) and its Frosted Mini Wheats.

According to the Kashi class action lawsuit, “Defendants inserted a spectacular array of unnaturally processed and synthetic ingredients to its so-called ‘all-natural’ products. For example, Kashi’s so-called ‘All Natural’ GoLean Shakes are composed almost entirely of synthetic and unnaturally processed ingredients.”

In fact, the Kashi class action continues, in many of Kashi’s products, “unnaturally processed and synthetic ingredients constitute the primary ingredients in these fraudulently-labeled ‘all-natural’ foods.”

Some of these “shocking” ingredients include synthetic substances listed as prescription drugs, irradiated substances, pesticides that are a by-product of uranium mining, and federally declared hazardous substances, the class action lawsuit states. Kashi also adds several ingredients that the FDA has declined to declare as a “safe” food additive, and several highly processed exitotoxins to its products that are hidden sources of MSG.

The Kashi class action lawsuit is brought on behalf of a proposed class of all U.S. consumers who purchased falsely labeled Kashi products in the U.S. It is seeking restitution and restoration of any money Class Members paid for these products, damages and penalties for Class Members, and other relief.

A copy of the Kellogg & Kashi False Advertising Class Action Lawsuit can be read here.

The case is Michael Bates v. Kashi Company, Kellogg Company, et al., Case No. 11-cv-1967, U.S. District Court, Southern District of California.

UPDATE 1: California residents who purchased certain Kashi products that were allegedly falsely advertised as natural may also be eligible for benefits from a class action settlement. For more information, visit the combined Kashi/Bear Naked settlement website at www.NaturalClassSettlement.com.

17 Comments

  • Anonymous September 19, 2011

    Here it is…..

  • Anonymous September 30, 2011

    I have been purchasing and consuming Kashi products on a weekly basis. I have paid the extra expense compared to similar products such as ceral, snacks, and frozen dinners because I thought I was eating something more healthy than the other options. Now I find out that Kashi has been putting un-natural ingredients in their “all natural” products. What a scam. So much for eating healthy huh!

  • Anonymous November 27, 2011

    Now I know why I have been getting migraines. I am completely effected by synthetic ingredients. This is why my cereals, power bars etc. are all Kashi. I will stop buying these products; please include me as a part of this class action suit.

  • Anonymous March 8, 2012

    I started buying this product after I was diagnosed with Congestive Heart Failure in 2009. My boss was eating GO Lean and suggested that I started using this product. Now two years later I find out that the company’s product is not all natural. Wow so much for being healthy!!!

  • Anonymous April 24, 2012

    I have been eating Kashi for years. I ate it every day for breakfast while I was pregnant. I am not impressed. Not at all.

  • Anonymous April 26, 2012

    All you have to do is read the ingredient list of any of their products. If something has natural ingredients it shouldn’t take up 3+ inches of space on a box. For example I believe Nature Valley Granola Bars had five ingredients (all natural) and Kashi’s list was over an inch long!!!!! Check out the cereal list. It’s crazy! What a joke!

  • Anonymous April 28, 2012

    I need information on the status of the lawsuit. Is it too late to join the class?

  • Anonymous May 19, 2012

    So sad, I just found about this. I purchased Kashi cereal for my daughter. What a bummer we can’t trust food companies to do what is right. How do I know whether eating this cereal has caused perhaps some of the health problems we have been dealing with.

  • Anonymous July 2, 2012

    Such a disappointment. I’d relied on this ‘boxed’ cereal because of the company claims. Now wondering how many headaches I’ve endured are because of it …

  • Anonymous August 21, 2012

    Wish these companies would be honest with products. Now we have to read everything on every item we buy just to make sure we are getting what we think we are. SHAME ON THEM

  • Anonymous August 23, 2012

    I have been purchasing Kashi cereal and bars because I thought it was a healthy product and now I find out that it was a scam. How can we protect ourselves from these hungry and greedy companies.

  • Anonymous November 1, 2012

    I found this blog because I was looking for a link between my migraines and Kashi Go Lean Crisp Toasted Berry Crumble. Seems like when I eat this for breakfast is when I have killer Migraines.

  • sickofevilcompanies July 6, 2013

    My wife has been eating the Berry version of the cereal and has had really bad migraines this week.

    I knew it was attributable to the cereal, as I have done a lot of research into various migraine ‘triggers’ over the last couple of years or so.

    What an evil company, my wife is suffering right now because she ate that crap!

    I ‘smelled a rat’ when I saw ‘Distributed by’…

  • Carla Bruening September 19, 2013

    Since being diagnosed as “Pre Diabetic” I have been very careful choosing foods. So for the last 3 years I’ve been eating a box of Kashi Go Lean Toasted Berry Crumble every week, mostly breakfast, sometimes other meals. I have had headaches but no Dr has suggested it could have been the cereal. I am more than angry that I spent so much money and headache time on a product that is NOT AS ADVERTISED and actually bad for my health.

  • cg May 13, 2014

    Both Kashi and Bear Naked were good high quality brands until they were purchased by the big processed food company Kellogg.

    It’s unfortunate that after the big processed food companies buy small companies they begin sneaking in less expensive ingredients and additives to save money and increase shelf life.

  • Top Class Actions June 25, 2014

    UPDATE 1: California residents who purchased certain Kashi products that were allegedly falsely advertised as natural may also be eligible for benefits from a class action settlement. For more information, visit the combined Kashi/Bear Naked settlement website at http://www.NaturalClassSettlement.com.

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