BELLEVILLE – A St. Clair County consumer alleges a brand of instant soup is falsely advertised as all natural.

Theresa Schenk, individually and on behalf of all others similarly situated, filed a complaint on Oct. 18 in the St. Clair County Circuit Court against San-J International Inc., alleging violation of the Illinois Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges the defendants' Wakame All Natural Instant Soup and White Miso All Natural Instant Soup are not all natural as advertised. She alleges that the products contain synthetic and potentially harmful ingredients, including maltodextrin and bonito powder containing monosodium glutamate (MSG).

The plaintiff seeks an order certifying this case as a class action and appointing her and her counsel as representatives, award for compensatory damages, plus interest and any further relief that are just and proper. 

She is represented by David C. Nelson of Nelson & Nelson Attorneys at Law PC in Belleville, Matthew H. Armstrong of Armstrong Law Firm LLC in St. Louis, Missouri and Stuart L. Cochran of Steckler Gresham Cochran PLLC in Dallas, Texas.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 17-L-614

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