Campbell Soup Sued Over ‘Heart Health’ Symbol

by Christopher Freeburn | August 15, 2013 10:02 am

campbells soup 630[1]A New Jersey man is challenging labels[2] that claim health benefits for some Campbell Soup (CPB[3]) products in federal court.

Kerry O’Shea has sued the soup maker and the American Heart Associatin (AHA) over labels on more than 30 Campbell Healthy Request soups, which feature the AHA “Heart-Check Mark” seal, indicating that the contents are healthy. However, O’Shea contends that the soups’ sodium content is six times higher than AHA recommendations, Bloomberg notes.

Excessive sodium intake has been associated with high blood pressure, a trigger for cardiac problems.

O’Shea claims that the AHA’s seal “falsely represents” the soups as being healthful and “fools consumers” into thinking that they meet AHA nutrition guidelines.

The AHA told Bloomberg that it conducts regular tests to “verify that products earning the Heart Check meet our nutritional criteria.”

Shares of Campbell Soup fell 1% in Thursday morning trading.

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