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These are loaded with sugar? Woman sues Jelly Belly claiming she was misled

Assorted jelly bean flavors are seen at the Jelly Belly factory in Fairfield. The company is being sued over the labeling on its Sport Beans. The plaintiff claims the sugar content is too high and not clearly explained.
Assorted jelly bean flavors are seen at the Jelly Belly factory in Fairfield. The company is being sued over the labeling on its Sport Beans. The plaintiff claims the sugar content is too high and not clearly explained. Bee file photo

This news is anything but sweet for Jelly Belly.

The Fairfield-based maker of jelly beans is being sued by a woman who says the company’s Sport Beans have too much sugar.

According to a Forbes report, Jessica Gomez filed a suit in a California court because these jelly beans, which are marketed toward helping athletic performance, are loaded with sugar – a fact she wasn’t aware of when purchasing the beans.

According to the nutritional information on the package, a serving size (28 grams) contains 17 grams of sugar. Also, the first ingredient listed is evaporated cane juice – which some claim is just another name for sugar.

Jelly Belly called the suit “nonsense.”

The suit was filed earlier this year. It is unclear what damages are being sought.

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