NEW YORK – A lawsuit is contesting the validity of the heart-healthy claims on some cans of Campbells soups.
At the center of the federal lawsuit is the Heart-Check certification by the American Heart Association, and whether it rightfully conveys that a product carries particular health benefits.
The lawsuit says the non-profit group lets Campbell and other companies use the Heart-Check label on products that run counter to its stated mission, in exchange for fees. The American Heart Association says its goal is to fight cardiovascular diseases and stroke.
To earn its Heart-Check certification, the groups website states that products must have no more than 480 milligrams of sodium per serving.
But the website also notes elsewhere that low sodium is defined as having 140 milligrams or less per serving, the lawsuit notes.