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Skinnygirl Margarita

is Full of CRAP ... says Lawsuit

9/8/2011 6:16 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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It ain't just Whole Foods that has an issue with the ingredients in Bethenny Frankel's Skinnygirl Margarita -- now, a class action lawsuit has been filed against the company that owns the brand.

In the suit, filed in federal court in California, Reneta Bonar claims she and many other people have been duped by Beam Global Spirits for making "deceptive statements" on the label of Skinnygirl.

According to the lawsuit, Beam advertises the drink as "all natural" -- and claims it contains no preservatives. But Bonar says it's all BS because the drink contains a preservative called sodium benzoate.

Skinnygirl was recently yanked off the shelves at Whole Foods -- after the market decided the drink was not using all natural ingredients.

Bonar is suing to force Beam to "engage in a corrective advertising campaign" ... and pay unspecified damages.

Beam has issued a statement saying, "In today's litigious society, nothing is surprising. The litigation filed in relation to the labeling of Skinnygirl Margarita is frivolous. We will defend our case vigorously, and we are fully confident we will prevail."

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31.

Craig    

What bothers me isn't that they've called it "natural" (because the standards for that aren't high enough to guarantee a 'clean' product anyway). What bothers me is that the preservative isn't listed in the ingredients. All it says is "Natural Flavors and Caramel Colors". Maybe that's ok on liquor labels?

1120 days ago
32.

Jennifer    

This stuff tastes like sh*t anyway!

1120 days ago
33.

Wocka    

Whatever is in it, it is HORRIBLE. Worst margarita I've ever tasted and not cheap!!

1120 days ago
34.

real sanity    

Incorrect Sanity please. By law, Minute Maid must list ingredients. I couldn't find one that has sodium benzoate. Funny that Skinnygirl claims to be "All Natural" but doesn't list the sodium benzoate in their product. BTW, Coke also got rid of sodium benzoate but when they did use it they never have claimed to be "All Natural". You may tolerate liars but must of us find it to be wrong.

1120 days ago
35.

Suz    

Why are people who would buy vodka and alcohol worried about whether it's natural or not anyway? I've seen too many people's lived ruined by alcohol, period, to be concerned about whether it's got preservatives. Alcohol is dangerous, period.

1120 days ago
36.

magnolia    

Another crazy sue-happy woman thinking she'll get a payday. Won't someone please just run her over with their car?

1120 days ago
37.

Nick    

Who cares.....this drink tastes great! people are just trying to profit off someone as usual. it doesn't surprise me that the lady is from CA.

1120 days ago
38.

Cody    

Personally, I will be excited the day that someone files a lawsuit again all the major fast food chains for putting young, clear complected, fit, healthy people in their ad's because THAT is false advertising. If the fatties want truth in advertising then it is only fair!

1120 days ago
39.

Mike    

I F@#$*ng HATE lawyers!

1120 days ago
40.

magmax    

The solution here is to relabel it as a disinfecting douche, and put Frankel-stein's photo on the back to satisfy truth in advertising and hazardous warning laws.

1120 days ago
41.

evaporatedthefur    

The label says "caramel color added" so how can it be "All Natural"? The label is contradictory!

1120 days ago
42.

Jan    

Alcohol is not natural. Whole foods should not be selling any booze. People who want an ALL NATURAL diet should not drink. It reminds of the organic cigs I see some people smoke. This story has been over blown because Bethenny is on TV.

1120 days ago
43.

d    

actually, of all the housewives, this is the one that actually parlayed her 15 minutes into beaucoup bucks. you can't really lump her in with the other ho bags. she's the anti-octomom. good for her. i hope those prius driving, tree hugging, whole foods eating plaintiffs lose badly. they probably used to believe smoking was not harmful as well. smh.

1120 days ago
44.

rez    

Fact: Beam Global did not make skinny girl and only recently purchased it so why all the bull ****. Seems to me its Bethany is getting last laugh she made it and has a wopping bank acct now because of it. Seems to me someone is trying to sensationalize the situation and is completly ignorant and missleading the general public. Welcome to the world of Marketing!

1120 days ago
45.

magmax    

Keep it straight. Alcohol is in fact natural. It is produced by micro-organisms (yeast) when they metabolize sugar.

1120 days ago
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