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CSPI sends food labeling wishlist to FDA

This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet

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Front-of-package nutrition labeling, a redesigned nutrition facts panel and regulatory clarification on permissible health claims are requested in a 158-page 1report Center for Science in the Public Interest submitted to FDA Dec. 29. "Food Labeling Chaos: The Case for Reform" says FDA and the Department of Agriculture "should develop regulations instead of relying only on case-by-case enforcement actions" that allow marketers to use qualified health claims and misleading trans fat, whole grain and "natural" claims. CSPI highlights products including Nestle's Carnation Instant Breakfast, which claims its antioxidants "help support the immune system," and Kashi's Heart to Heart Instant Oatmeal, which links green tea extract with supporting healthy arteries
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