Honey, no reasonable consumer would expect Trader Joe & # 39 ;s Co. would make sure that all its honeybees get all their nectar from the same type of flower.
It is the assessment issued by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco on Thursday confirmed the dismissal of a class action lawsuit against Monrovia, California-based chain store that claimed the store's "100% New Zealand Manuka honey" label deceived consumers.
The court approved a previous district court opinion, writing that Trader Joe does not violate the Food and Drug Administration's labeling rules, and that most people know that not all honey comes from the same type of flower.
“After searching for pollen from different flowering plants, bees do not separate nectar from different flowers until they produce honey. … It is simply a darling that a certain beehive creates from all the nectar from which its bees have been born, the statement says.
"Here, Trader Joe & # 39 ;s Manuka Honey is mainly derived from Manuka flower nectar, and Manuka is therefore the chief floral source for all product honey according to FDA definition, although part of it derived from nectar from other flower sources …. (t) there is no dispute that all honey involved is technically manuka honey, albeit with different pollen counts.