The attorneys at Hiden, Rott & Oertle, LLP are investigating numerous consumer complaints in California of alleged false advertising by protein bar manufacturer Clif Bar.
Clif Bar markets and represents their products to be either “The Entirely Natural Protein Bar” and/or “All Natural Trail Mix Bar”, when in fact these protein bars allegedly contain hexane (residue), which is a byproduct of gasoline refining.
Presently, the FDA does not set a maximum residue level in soy foods for hexane, and does not require that food manufacturers test for residues.
The European Union however, has adopted a directive setting maximum limits of solvent residues in foods, including hexane residues in soy ingredients.
Soybean processors use Hexane as a solvent-a cheap and efficient way of extracting oil from soybeans, and a necessary step to making most protein ingredients.
For defatted soy flour used as ingredients in consumer foods, the European Union prohibits levels of hexane residues greater than 10 ppm.
When the Cornucopia Institute tested samples of soy ingredients for hexane residues, levels as high as 21 ppm were found.
If you have purchased a Clif Bar based on their health or nutrition claims, please contact the lawyers at Hiden Rott & Oertle, LLP to aid in our investigation as to whether the representations of this manufacturer, rise to the level of false advertising. We will review your potential claim without charge or any obligation of your part.