Mineral water dispute: Fresenius threatens Lammsbräu with countersuit
by Leo Frühschütz (comments: 0)
The SGS Institut Fresenius has rejected Neumarkter Lammsbräu's criticism of its seal of approval for premium mineral water. One examines legal steps, it says in a statement of the institute.
Lammsbräu sued Fresenius for consumer deception
The organic pioneer Neumarkter Lammsbräu has filed a lawsuit against SGS and the Danone Group on behalf of the Quality Collective Organic Mineral Water (Ger.: Qualitätsgemeinschaft Bio-Mineralwasser). The reason: the Danone mineral water Volvic bears the seal "Premium mineral water in organic quality" awarded by SGS. From Lammsbräu's point of view, this label is misleading for consumers.
From the point of view of the Quality Collective Organic Mineral Water, Fresenius' guidelines allows as many residues of pesticides and their degradation products as the regulations for conventional mineral water. In addition, the use of radioactive irradiation and industrial carbonic acid is expressly permitted.
Fresenius awaits Lammsbräu's lawsuit calmly
SGS rejected the accusation in a statement as unfounded. The Institute wrote that a lawsuit would be expected calmly, as the "demanding test catalogue" would always stand up to a judicial examination. The products awarded its seal must "meet significantly stricter requirements and undergo more frequent laboratory tests than the Mineral and Table Water Ordinance (MTVO) requires". In addition, the bottling plant is said be audited in terms of sustainability and environmental protection.
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