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Those products contained artificial substances such as ascorbic acid, sodium acid pyrophosphate, vegetable mono- and diglycerides, cocoa processed with alkali, sodium citrate and xanthan gum. District Judge William H. Members of the class who have proof of purchasing these items will be able to file claims for the average retail price for each product they bought. A hearing is scheduled for July 9, for final approval of the proposed settlement.