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Pinkberry settles Calif. lawsuit

LOS ANGELES The Pinkberry chain here has settled a lawsuit filed by customers charging that its signature product does not meet the state’s definition of frozen yogurt.

After the lawsuit was filed last May, Pinkberry officials acknowledged that the chain wasn’t in compliance with state guidelines, which require that frozen yogurt be mixed at a dairy, not in stores. On Thursday, company officials said the product is now mixed off-site and thus meets state guidelines. They also maintained that the treat was and is real yogurt with live and active cultures and is low in fat and calories. Nutrition information is posted on the brand's website.

As part of the settlement, Pinkberry agreed to give $750,000 to two nonprofit groups: the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank and Para los Ninos, a child-advocacy group.

Pinkberry operates or franchises nearly 50 locations in California and New York.

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