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Lawsuit challenges marketing, nutrition of General Mills' fruit snacks

A consumer watchdog group, the Center for Science in Public Interest, says the Golden Valley-based company's advertisement of its Fruit Roll-Ups, Fruit by the Foot and Fruit Gushers are 'deliberately misleading' by saying they're healthy alternative snacks.
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A consumer watchdog group, the Center for Science in Public Interest, says the Golden Valley-based company's advertisement of its Fruit Roll-Ups, Fruit by the Foot and Fruit Gushers are 'deliberately misleading' by saying they're healthy alternative snacks.

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