Your Food Labels Deceiving You?
When you buy
frozen blueberry waffles, do you actually expect them to be stuffed
with blueberries? The Center for Science in the Public Interest
says you might be disappointed.
who simply glance at labels before they toss food into their grocery
carts may not be eating what they think they are, a consumer group
for Science in the Public Interest, the organization that exposed
the high fat content of movie popcorn and Mexican food, is targeting
packaged foods that deliver artificial ingredients, rather than
the real ingredients the food packaging suggests.
are trying to reposition the same old line of processed foods
as nutritious and healthy by portraying wholesome ingredients
on the fronts of packages, but not really putting those ingredients
in any significant quantities in the box," Bruce Silverglade,
CSPI's director of legal affairs, told ABCNEWS.
that food manufacturers are boosting their profits at consumers'
expense by replacing expensive ingredients such as fruits and
whole grains with food additives.
the CSPI cited include:
frozen blueberry waffles, which contain dried apple parts dyed
blue, but no blueberries.
and Cereal Bars, which contain no real milk, but are actually
made with non-fat powdered milk, palm oil, sugar and additives.
It contains more sugar and less fiber than a bowl of cereal, Silvergrade
Stir 'n Bake Carrot Cake, which has carrot powder, but no carrots.
Farms Strawberry Yosqueez yogurt, which contains beet juice, rather
noodles with shrimp, which contain only zero to four tiny shrimp.
Blueberry Muffins, which contain artificial blueberry bits rather
Food Processors Association said in a statement Thursday that
it opposes new labeling requirements and that the FDA already
requires food labels with enough information for consumers to
make informed choices. The trade group also said the FDA already
has the authority to take action against misleading food labels.
said it isn't enough. The CSPI would like the FDA to get companies
to portray foods accurately on the packages, and expand food labels
so that ingredient labels are easier to read. Under the current
loosely written government regulations, the CSPI maintains that
manufactures get creative with the front of the packages, using
vague words and suggestive pictures that may have little relation
to what is inside the box or jar.
trade representative said the front of packages is more for advertising
purposes than anything else.
of the panel is more of an attention grabber for a consumer and
probably used more for marketing purposes than it would be for
listing ingredients or giving nutrition information," said Lisa
Katic, of Grocery Manufacturers Association of America.
tend to look only at the front of packaging and ignore the nutrition
labels on the back. And although the nutrition labels are more
strictly regulated, they are also tougher to decipher, the CSPI
to get the government to more strictly regulate food packaging
claims in 1995, but the efforts fell flat. Six years later, food
labels are just as misleading the group says.
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