Galeos Dressing, much hyped as a low-calorie and low-fat dressing promoted by trainer Jillian Michaels and eaten by contestants on the reality show "The Biggest Loser," has failed another set of laboratory tests.
The law firm Paris Ackerman & Schmierer, which sued the makers of Galeos after Consumer Ally commissioned tests that showed the dressing had nearly 10 times the calories its labels claim, hired a laboratory that also found the dressing was calorie-packed and full-fat. The lawsuit alleges that Galeos deceived consumers in buying the products by claiming they were something they weren't.Galeos labels claimed 14 calories and one gram of fat per serving in its popular Miso Caesar dressing. The two lab tests found that the dressing actually has about 120 calories and 10 grams of fat. The testing done for the law firm by Kappa Laboratories in Florida are included in a federal court filing in the class action lawsuit against the company.
Kappa testing showed other varieties of the dressing line were also inaccurate.
An attorney hired by Galeos owner Andrei Leontieff said that after the Consumer Ally story appeared, the company had its own lab tests conducted
by Silliker and Certified Labs and found that the labels were accurate, except when it came to sodium and carbohydrates. The company blamed a miso supplier for the problem and apologized to its customers, but has defended the accuracy of the calories and fat figures.
"He was quite surprised by your claims and began a series of tests with not just one but two FDA-certified, reputable labs to confirm the nutritional values," attorney Mark Eisenhut said in an email to Consumer Ally. "Two tests from both of these labs showed that the fat was, and always has been, correct."
David Paris, the lead attorney in the lawsuit against Galeos, said months after the initial story by Consumer Ally, consumers are still worked up about being deceived.
"The overwhelming reactions from consumers who have purchased these dressings have been shock, anger, and disappointment," he said in a statement. "We receive at least five emails a week from people who are devastated to learn that lab results show the dressings are not the healthy low-fat alternatives they are marketed as."
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