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FDA: Labels Misleading on Major Food Brands
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Nestle, POM, and Other Firms Cited for Misleading Food Labels
Daniel J. DeNoon
Reviewed By Louise Chang, MD
March 3, 2010 -- The FDA today warned 17 food makers -- including POM Nestle -- that their "misleading" product labels violate federal law.
The warning letters say the firms face having their products pulled from grocery shelves if they don't make changes within 15 days.
It's a new get-tough policy, FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg suggested in an open letter to the food industry.
"We continue to see products marketed with labeling that violates established labeling standards," Hamburg wrote. "To address these concerns, FDA is notifying a number of manufacturers that their labels are in violation of the law and subject to legal proceedings to remove misbranded products from the marketplace."
The FDA says the 17 cited firms committed different kinds of violations:
The 17 firms cited, and the products with "misleading" labels, are:
The consumer group Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), which has lobbied the FDA to toughen food-label standards, hailed the FDA action in a news conference.
"This is a once-in-a-generation event," said Bruce Silverglade, CSPI legal affairs director. "Not since the early 1990s have we seen FDA actions of this magnitude."
The FDA today also released the results of a survey showing that more than half of all U.S. adults say they "often" read a label the first time they buy a product. It's the first time in the survey's 10-year history that most adult said they read food labels.
SOURCES: News releases, FDA.
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