Misleading Food Labels: Don’t Believe Everything You Read
Consumers are more health-conscious than ever before, so some food manufacturers are pulling out all the tricks to convince people to buy highly processed and unhealthy foods. Class action litigation against food and beverage companies hit a record high last year, as consumer advocates fight back against food labels that try to take advantage of consumers. What you read on the package may not be what’s inside.
Allergy warnings on food labels may not tell all
SAN ANTONIO The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is temporarily allowing manufacturers of packaged foods to substitute ingredients without changing the labels, meaning you might not know exactly whats in the product. This could spell big trouble if youre allergic to one of the substitute ingredients. Theres real confusion about this temporary policy. Right after the announcement, individuals and consumer advocacy groups launched a petition, sent letters to the FDA, and posted comments on its website demanding more transparency about food labels. Its also worth noting that no companies have followed this temporary policy.