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Liquid products containing herbal, botanical, floral, and similar extracts are not fit for beverage purposes and they are not "alcoholic beverages," thus, they do not require the consumer warning mandated by the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986 (Health & Saf. Code, section 25249.5 et seq., known as Proposition 65).

Appellate Information

  • Decided 02/28/2003
  • Published 02/28/2003



  • California Court of Appeal


  • For Appellant:
  •  Law Offices of Morse Mehrban and Morse Mehrban, Los Angeles, for Plaintiff and Appellant.

  • For Appellees:
  • Sidley Austin Brown & Wood, James M. Harris, Judith M. Praitis, Los Angeles, and Amy P. Lally, for Defendants and Respondents Arkopharma, Inc., Oakmont Investment Company, Inc., Nature's Way Products, Inc., Twin Laboratories, Inc., Herb Pharm, Flower Essence Services; Botanical Laboratories, Inc., and Mczand Herbal, Inc., Hyman, Phelps & McNamara and Brian J. Donato, Irvine, for Defendant and Respondent Wakunaga of America Co., Ltd., Weston BenshoofRochefort Rubalcava MacCuish, Kurt Weissmuller, Los Angeles; Berman, Gaufin, Tomsic, Savage & Campbell and Stephen R. Waldron, Salt Lake City, UT, for Defendant and Respondent Action Labs, Inc., Bill Lockyer, Attorney General, Richard M. Frank, Chief Assistant Attorney General, Theodora Berger, Assistant Attorney General, Craig Thompson and Edward G. Weil, Deputy Attorneys General, for People of the State of California as Amicus Curiae on behalf of Defendants and Respondents.
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