Naked Juice Nailed for Misleading Consumers; FDA to Review Nutrient Claims

Naked Juice Nailed for Misleading Consumers; FDA to Review Nutrient Claims

Two interesting and interconnected pieces of news this week. PepsiCo settled a class action lawsuit, agreeing to pay $9,000,000 to consumers it misled with labeling on its Naked Juice Brand. See details and how to claim your $45 piece of … Continue reading

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On Coleslaw, Health Claims, and Portion Size

On Coleslaw, Health Claims, and Portion Size

Take a look at the coleslaw samples above. Say you are having a barbeque lunch and wanted to add some slaw as a side. You can choose either the creamy coleslaw or the low fat option. Which will you opt … Continue reading

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POM (Not So) Wonderful Gets Slapped Again by FTC

POM (Not So) Wonderful Gets Slapped Again by FTC

Last week, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) upheld an Administrative Law Judge’s decision from May 2012, that the marketers of POM Wonderful Pomegranate Juice and  supplements used deceptive advertising to market their products: The company did not have adequate support … Continue reading

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10 Nutrition Label Improvements the FDA MUST Implement

10 Nutrition Label Improvements the FDA MUST Implement

The FDA is planning a minor facelift to the 20 year old nutrition label. When nutrition labels were introduced into the market, the food industry battled vehemently against them, while the government and health organizations explained that providing detailed information … Continue reading

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Parents: That Cereal is NOT as Healthy as You Think

Parents: That Cereal is NOT as Healthy as You Think

Scientists at Yale’s Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity conducted an interesting study with cereals: Through an online survey, researchers asked parents with children between the ages of 2 and 11 to view images of actual box fronts of … Continue reading

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8 of 10 Healthy Kids’ Food – Aren’t

8 of 10 Healthy Kids’ Food – Aren’t

Are you surprised? You shouldn’t be. Oakland, CA based Prevention Institute recently published a study entitled Claiming Health: Front-of-Package Labeling of Children’s Food with some interesting findings. The consumer protection group reviewed dozens of products that are marketed as healthy … Continue reading

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Health Claims and Other Assorted Jokes

Health Claims and Other Assorted Jokes

The GAO – Government Accountability Office – (yes, there is such a thing) issued a report late last week, telling the FDA it needs to do a better job protecting consumers from misleading health claims on products. According to the … Continue reading

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FTC to Dannon: Cut the BS Health Claims

FTC to Dannon: Cut the BS Health Claims

Our second yogurt post this week, with good news for consumers. Dannon, which has been aggressively marketing its Activia line of yogurts, will stop making unsubstantiated health claims effective immediately. This, according to a $21M settlement with the FTC: The … Continue reading

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Judge: Lawsuit against Deceptive Vitamin Water IS Justified

Judge: Lawsuit against Deceptive Vitamin Water IS Justified

Late last week a federal judge ruled in favor of consumers when he allowed a lawsuit against Vitamin Water to proceed. The lawsuit was filed in early 2009 by the advocacy group Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI). … Continue reading

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FTC Gently Slaps Nestlé over “Immunity” Drink

FTC Gently Slaps Nestlé over “Immunity” Drink

Yesterday the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced it had reached an agreement with Nestlé regarding the latter’s BOOST Kids Essentials Drink, whereby the company will stop making ludicrous health claims and the FTC will discontinue investigations or impose a fine. … Continue reading

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