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FDA Requires New Labeling on Numerous Packaged Foods

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued violations to a number of food companies — among them, Nestlé, POM, Gorton's, and Diamond Foods — demanding they make changes to their product labels. The government agency is cracking down on health assertions, issuing letters to 17 companies for 22 products, alleging they violate the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.

Among the offenders? Dreyer's Ice Cream for a zero-gram trans-fat claim, Spectrum organic vegetable shortening for the term "cholesterol free," and other items for use of nutrition claims such as "healthy," which have stringent definitions. The FDA also said it will lobby for calorie and nutrient labeling on the front of food packages.

I'm glad the FDA is invested in honest health and nutritional claims for consumers. Have you ever been wary of the words on certain packaged foods?

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danakscully64 danakscully64 5 years
If the company was leaving off information (like ingredients and lying about the actual fat/calorie/sodium/sugar content), that would be a different story. I have a box of Froot Loops that say "Sweetened Whole Grain Cereal" and "High in Fiber," yet the first ingredient is Sugar. Plus, "high fiber" is only 3g. Everyone should know by now how to read labels, the information is at our fingertips.
danakscully64 danakscully64 5 years
I'm not gonna lie, the consumer is to blame here. If they buy something unhealthy, that is their choice, the ingredients list/nutrition label is in their hands. It doesn't matter if the front of the box says Trans fat free, each serving may have 10g of saturated fat and 1,000 calories. I do think the FDA, or whoever made the law, should change the rules about trans fat... .5g or less is STILL TRANS FAT. I would like to see the exact readout. People know that partially hydrogenated oils = trans fat, it's their job to read the ingredients list. I think a change would be nice, but people need to take responsibility for what they purchase and eat.
Spectra Spectra 5 years
I don't buy many processed foods, but I do always read labels with a grain of salt. I used to buy Fat Free Cool Whip because it said it was "trans fat free", but it actually has 0.5 grams per 2 Tbsp. serving. So yeah, I stopped buying it. I'm glad they're cracking down on companies that are trying to lure consumers into buying stuff that's not exactly healthy.
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