Turns out “Made from Real Ginger” actually means made from high fructose corn syrup, citric acid, preservatives and flavours.
As part of a settlement to false advertising lawsuits based in several U.S. states, Canada Dry ginger ale has agreed to stop overstating its ginger content, the National Post reports.
Your grandma’s “I’ve-sworn-by-this-since-before-you-were-born” upset-tummy remedy of choice was sued last year by New York-based mom Julie Fletcher. She said she bought it for her kids because she thought it was “healthier alternative to regular sodas.”
Fletcher’s lawyer found Canada Dry contained such “a minuscule amount of a ginger flavour extract” that it could not possibly have any health benefits. In fact, the ginger compound content was far too low for humans to even taste, according to the Post.
With days to spare before they were expected in court, the company has agreed to offer payments to any American consumer who bought the drink since 2013. According to the Post report, reimbursement is capped at $5.20 per household without proof of purchase and $40 per household with proof of purchase.