CSPI said it will not appeal a US court ruling over Enviga

CSPI said it will not appeal a US court ruling over Enviga

The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) has said it will not appeal a US court ruling that has denied a lawsuit The Coca-Cola Co and Nestle’s Enviga beverage.

The two firms, which launched Enviga in the US under their Beverage Partners Worldwide venture, drew complaints last year from attorneys general and consumer groups in several US states after claiming that the green tea drink could "burn calories".

However, in February 2009, the firms agreed to pay US$650,000 in damages and relabel the Enviga green tea drink.

Due to this, the CSPI said it would not appeal a US court decision that this week denied progress of a lawsuit against the brand.

“We believe that the Court of Appeals erred in not letting a consumer pursue her claim,” said CSPI litigation director Steve Gardner. “But, since the attorneys general cracked down and have since won modest labeling concessions, we won’t appeal."