Sunday Comic Strip: Isn’t Food One of the Ingredients?

Sunday Comic Strip: Isn’t Food One of the Ingredients?

In the early 1990′s Congress enacted the Nutrition Labeling and Education Act (NLEA), which gave the FDA power to require food manufacturers to label product with nutrition and ingredient information. The law was enacted in order to better inform consumers … Continue reading

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Supplement Shenanigans

Supplement Shenanigans

Consumer Reports this week blasted into the multi-billion supplement industry and warned us to be wary of ingredients to watch out for. What consumers might not realize, is that supplement manufacturers routinely, and legally, sell their products without first having … Continue reading

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FDA to Take On the “Serving Size” Hoax

FDA to Take On the “Serving Size” Hoax

The best kept secret in the food industry is its liberal use of the definition of a serving size. You’d think a serving size should reflect what the average person consumes, but it seems that many manufacturers are selling their … Continue reading

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Kellogg’s Reprimanded for Falsley Claiming Frosted Mini Wheats Will Turn Your Kid into Einstein

Kellogg’s Reprimanded for Falsley Claiming Frosted Mini Wheats Will Turn Your Kid into Einstein

  The Federal Trade Commission announced yesterday that Kellogg’s has admitted it falsely advertised the nutritional merits of kids breakfast cereal Kellogg’s Frosted Mini Wheats Bite Size Cereal. From the LA Times: Kellogg’s national TV ads asserted that attentiveness improved … Continue reading

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Health Claims on Packaged Foods – A Quick Primer

Health Claims on Packaged Foods – A Quick Primer

Image via Wikipedia Earlier this week we posted about the halo effect of health claims, enticing consumers to believe a food may be more nutritious than it really is. Today we will take a closer look at the different types … Continue reading

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1862 – 2014: A Brief History of Food and Nutrition Labeling

1862 – 2014: A Brief History of Food and Nutrition Labeling

In the early 13th century, the king of England proclaimed the first food regulatory law, the Assize of Bread, which prohibited bakers from mixing ground peas and beans into bread dough. Ever since, it has been a cat and mouse game between the food industry and the public (fast forward to China 2008 – melamine in milk powder anybody?). In the US, food regulation dates back to early colonial times. Here is a brief overview of the last 150 years of government and industry food regulation: Continue reading

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Food Labeling Wars – the COOL phase

Food Labeling Wars – the COOL phase

Ever since the FDA’s Nutrition Labeling and Education Act (NLEA) was enacted in the early 1990′s, food package labels have been a battleground between the food industry and consumer interest groups. While the former try to limit the disclosures, the … Continue reading

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