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Woman Slaps Snack Co. With a Fat Lawsuit

April 15, 2002|From Times Wire Reports

A woman is suing a snack food company for $50 million, saying its label on Pirate's Booty corn and rice puffs foiled her diet.

In her New York lawsuit, Meredith Berkman, 37, claims she suffered "emotional distress" because the snack contained three times more fat than its label advertised. Berkman said it caused her "weight gain . . . mental anguish, outrage and indignation."

Pirate's Booty, manufactured by Robert's American Gourmet Food Inc., was recalled in January after the Good Housekeeping Institute found it contained 147 calories and 8.5 grams of fat, while its label said it contained only 120 calories and 2.5 grams of fat.

The company said the discrepancy was a result of new machinery that changed the nutritional information on three of its snacks: Pirate's Booty, Veggie Booty and Fruity Booty.

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