Exactly how much salt is in Campbell Soup Co.'s "less-sodium" soups?
Almost as much as in some of its regular soups, said four New Jersey women who won a federal court order rejecting a bid by the Camden, N.J., food maker to throw their lawsuit out.
The women accused Campbell of misleading consumers by selling lower-sodium soups at premium prices when they had almost as much salt as regular soups. Among other things, the suit claimed that Campbell's 25% Less Sodium Tomato Soup had the same sodium level — 480 milligrams — as its regular tomato soup.
Food makers are facing increased pressure to offer such lower-sodium foods — and alter their recipes to cut calories, fat and sugar — as political and consumer groups ramp up efforts to combat U.S. obesity.