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Class Disputes Health Claims for Walnuts

SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - A federal class action claims Diamond Foods makes misleading claims for the health value of its walnuts. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration calls the walnuts "misbranded," and disputed Diamond's claims that "the omega-3 in walnuts can help you get the proper balance of fatty acids your body needs for promoting heart health," according to the complaint.

Lead plaintiff Elliot Zeisel says the FDA found no evidence that the omega-3 in walnuts actually reduces the risk of heart disease.

Despite an FDA "warning letter" that Diamond's claims violate the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, Diamond refused to remove the false and misleading statements from its labels, the class claims.

The class seeks restitution, costs and an injunction.It is represented by Janet Lindner Spielberg of Los Angeles

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