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10 Misleading Food Labels

Green Lifestyle  (tags: FDA, Food, Lawsuit, Food Labels, Adulteration )

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Unfortunately, the FDA does not regulate all food labels and cannot keep food manufacturers from using clever wording to avoid a potential lawsuit.


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Linda G (187)
Wednesday September 22, 2010, 10:38 pm
It's hard to believe that in this country, companies can still get away with mis-labeling foods. I am an avid label reader but know that everything is not as it is marketed. The fact that genetically modified foods do not need to be labeled as such is outrageous. We really need to raise our voices to insure proper labeling so we as consumers can make informed choices for ourselves and our families.

Tony I (40)
Wednesday September 22, 2010, 10:58 pm
Oh yeah, the FDA can ban healthy foods from putting Non-GMO on their labels and threaten Washington Cherry growers for daring to say that their cherries have health benefits, but they can't regulate other foods?

Good list, nevertheless.

gail dair (0)
Wednesday September 22, 2010, 11:10 pm
noted ty

Rose Becke (141)
Thursday September 23, 2010, 12:41 am
It happens all over the world much to my disgust

Carol H (229)
Thursday September 23, 2010, 5:54 am
noted, thanks Nancy

Lisa W (7)
Thursday September 23, 2010, 6:55 am
Ha! I love that "free range" is considered to be a "progressive" way of farming. I'm pretty sure it's not a new idea, guys. It's just less stupid than factory farming.

Allison Killion (28)
Thursday September 23, 2010, 8:21 am

Marian D (57)
Thursday September 23, 2010, 9:48 am
Tony Isaacs said it best and I agree!

Glenda J (158)
Thursday September 23, 2010, 10:39 am
FDA is our biggest Culprit

cindy g (9)
Thursday September 23, 2010, 11:04 am
grocery shopping is taking longer and longer - by the time you read the labesl an hour or two can go by. We need to be able to trust what the labesl say - perhaps regulation wouldn't be such a bad thing in this instance.

patricia lasek (317)
Thursday September 23, 2010, 12:14 pm
You have to read the list of ingredients too. I does take forever to shop with all the reading you have to do now.

Joan Makurat (0)
Thursday September 23, 2010, 12:33 pm
If you have a beef with FDA, make sure you contact your Reps and Sens. FDA can only do what Congress allows them to do.

Melanie Clark (13)
Thursday September 23, 2010, 1:15 pm
This is why I mostly buy organic. I read labels and still know that NOT everything is on there, and I still question if it is really organic at times. If I had more money, I would shop at Whole Foods market or another organic shop like that. Sometimes organic can be pricey, but sometimes it's better than the GMO crap that they give us.

Jennifer M (78)
Thursday September 23, 2010, 1:41 pm
It takes a long time to shop when I read all the labels, but what can you do? Until the crappy FDA and USDA give us REAL food, it's our only option to be healthy. We can't rely on others to make it easy for us. It may drive my husband crazy being in the grocery store for hours, but he thanks me when the food is actually real (:

Tony H (6)
Thursday September 23, 2010, 2:24 pm
Try to shop only at natural food stores and STILL read the labels carefully.

Kathy L (9)
Thursday September 23, 2010, 2:27 pm
I agree. I have been trying to loose weight for thirty years now. And no matter what the label says, it is very fattening. I lived on Diet pills for 30 or 40 years. No more, Believe it or not, I have lost more weight without the diet pills, and the food items that say lowfat. BS, is what I say. I canít believe that our country would allow this kind of labeling on our food. I feel so sorry for the peopleís familyís that have lost a loved one due to wrong labeling. I always read the ingredients anymore. I donít trust anyone when it comes to food. So sad what they are allowed to do.

moggy w (119)
Thursday September 23, 2010, 2:38 pm
yes, it takes forever to read all the labels; and they are STILL misleading. And it's allowed, a game. Bacon and potato chips are "sugar free"; and stuff that's almost pure sugar(and chemicals): NO FAT!. and you'd need to know chemistry to read some of the labels. and I love comment by Tony Isaacs.

Judith H (27)
Thursday September 23, 2010, 2:56 pm
Hate food labels, it shows how many preservatives and other unnatural chemicals that are allowed into our food chain

Cathy K (0)
Thursday September 23, 2010, 3:09 pm
Those who "mislead"/LIE to the public should be stopped and prosecuted.

josie batlles (44)
Thursday September 23, 2010, 5:27 pm
Unfortunately this happens everywhere we travel...we have to spend ages reading labels and hoping we can trust them! we try to use as few processed foods as possible...I try to make my own chutneys and cakes, sauces this we know what is in the foods we feed our family ..thanks very much for sharing x

Christine Stewart (134)
Thursday September 23, 2010, 6:01 pm
Zero trans fats as a label makes me so mad when it is put on something that actually contains hydrogenated vegetable oil! They can get away with it bcause the "serving size" is so small that the trans fats calculate below a certain level- but a real world serving could contain alot! Also, watch out for Jif peanut butter with EPA/DHA- it contains the essential fatty acids derived from fish oils, and also contains FULLY hydrogenated vegetable oils- what a nutritional nightmare- plus they made peanut butter into a non-vegetarian item!

Lynda G (123)
Thursday September 23, 2010, 6:47 pm
I felt pleased that I knew of the labelling tricks listed in this article, but disappointed that it didn't go further. GMO foods can sneak in, as has been mentioned, and any ingredient under 5% doesn't have to be listed, at least in Australia. Plus the ingredient's origin do not have to be listed; "made from local and imported ingredients" is the legal copout. I spend far too much time contacting companies and asking then where specifically the ingredients come from. Sometimes I get a response, sometimes I don't.

The big argument from the companies is that they can't put EVERYTHING on the label. But they can put EVERYTHING on their website, and I am pushing for a law to make it mandatory for every company do so. It will not cost them further; it won't complicate their label, but it will help the consumer make their decisions. And it will also offer the consumer the opportunity of contacting the company, and inform them that they cannot buy the product because it contains palm oil, or some other environmentally unfriendly ingredient, or an ingredient from a highly polluted or unethical country, or ingredients tested on animals. This would give consumers a much louder voice.

Anne F (17)
Thursday September 23, 2010, 7:37 pm
Wouldn't it be great if the label put all the corn sugar in one place (HFCS, and corn syrup, and maltodextrin)!

Rebecca T (1)
Thursday September 23, 2010, 8:15 pm
The FDA is a complete joke and a huge waste of funds in its current state. It needs to be totally stripped and reconstructed to do the job it's being funded to do. Like everything else with the government, it's all about the money, honey.

Kathy Chadwell (354)
Friday September 24, 2010, 12:21 am
THe FDA is useless & we pay how much each year for them:(
How many of you are aware that when food is being processed that if a rat, mouse or a nest of mice falls into the mix,,, they are ground up and fed to you:( I Kid you not.

August 9, 2010 12:58 PM

11 Totally Disgusting Things the FDA Allows In Your Food
(CBS) What could be finer than a little feces in your spices or a cigarette butt in your sandwich? Perhaps some rat hair in your peanut butter?

Sounds disgusting, but the Food and Drug Administration says that a certain amount of contamination is unavoidable in commercial food processing, so it allows for a small amount of "filth" before taking action.

PICTURES: 11 Revolting Things Government Lets in Your Food

What is filth, exactly?

The FDA handbook catchily called "Food Defect Action Levels: Levels of Natural or Unavoidable Defects in Foods That Present No Health Hazards for Humans," says that filth is "objectionable matter contributed by insects, rodents, and birds; decomposed material; and miscellaneous matter such as sand, soil, glass, rust, or other foreign substances."

Sounds good enough to eat.

In the booklet, the FDA writes that "it is economically impractical to grow, harvest, or process raw products that are totally free of non-hazardous, naturally occurring, unavoidable defects."

Further, FDA spokesperson Ira R. Allen tells CBS News that the FDA "applies its resources to protect the safety of the American food supply based on risk assessments of health hazards."

The government sets "limits for naturally occurring contaminants that are unaesthetic but in most cases not hazards to public health," he says. "When these levels are exceeded, FDA can and will take regulatory action -- immediately if any disease-causing microbes are present."

Besides, some entomologists argue that some people consider insects a protein staple, if not a delicacy.

Yes, but cigarette butts?


Rajshree B (26)
Friday September 24, 2010, 12:49 am
Thanks for the info. Noted.

Ken Bachtold B (0)
Friday September 24, 2010, 2:21 am
What in the world good is the FDA (Fiddle-dee-dee Administration) if they can't control this deceptive (outright lying) labeling? They have an on-going teendency to "overlook" or claim "helplessness" when the corporations put POISON or ILL HEALTH INGREDIENTS into our food! What is the purpose of the FDA? It always seems that hundreds of people have to die before they step forward and then it's with some tepid excuse and no further regulations. I THINK THEY SHOULD BE DIBANDED! Bunch of policical loafers, the lot of them!

Selma A (44)
Friday September 24, 2010, 2:47 am
If we just get into the habit of buying fresh produce and buy organic whenever possible, we can avoid the "need-a-college-degree-just-to-read-the-labels-3-hr-nightmare" grocery trip. I'm a vegetarian and don't have to bother reading a label if I'm buying a few squash, carrots and eggplant for dinner. Processed foods are generally not as good for you as fresh produce. Common sense, isn't it?

David J (18)
Friday September 24, 2010, 5:12 am
I rarely read the labels anymore since you can't trust them anyway. The FDA should put out what needs to be put on a label and how that is determined. It should be done in simple to a understand document and NOT a legal type document that only a good lawyer can translate. If it says something like you have to list all sugars together in order of magnitude let it say that. I hate legal documents that take 3 or more pages to say a one line thing. I guess since this is a government agency we shouldn't expect much. Let's get a committee together to study the fact that we might need new label definitions and pay 5 people 250k a year to discuss it for a year. Yeh, that's the ticket, the government can fowl up a one car funeral. Sorry ranting off subject. Just pissed that even the labels on products are useless.

Helena-Sophia E (10)
Friday September 24, 2010, 12:45 pm
In a 'for-profit-society' your health is like an asset to the 'corporats'. They make more money from/with you when you are sick. So what lies closer than making you sick? Without an end to the 'for-profit-world', we will become more and more disposable, our well-being is sacrificed for share holders profits. The FDA is under 'corporat' control as is the whole government. Kennedy has become a bitter truth. 'Do not ask for your country to protect you from harm and hurt. Ask how you can suffer even more for your country.'

Krasimira B (175)
Friday September 24, 2010, 1:18 pm
Good list, thank you. Noted.

Charlene Rush (2)
Friday September 24, 2010, 8:57 pm
Sometimes, it's difficult to remember what the job of the FDA is. One can only hope that THEY remember what it is. They do get paid for this job, don't they, she said facetiously.

Past Member (0)
Friday September 24, 2010, 11:27 pm
This is very disgusting and disturbing. The FDA is another BROKEN federal agency. They can't do what they are supposed to be doing. They are NOT protecting our food supply unless and until people get sick and it's traced to some contaminated food supply. Companies are free to say whatever on their labels and they can get away with it. The numbers have already been run. They know that they can sell their products, gain financially for years, have the use of that money, long, long before anyone catches on and they get sued. Even if they get sued, they may not lose, but if they do, it's just a fraction of the profit they already made! The number have already been run by them! No company gets sued for wrong doing and has to pay back all the profits they made from that wrong doing. The law just doesn't do it.

Kerrie G (116)
Saturday September 25, 2010, 2:15 am
Noted, thanks Nancy.

jane richmond (10)
Thursday October 7, 2010, 9:52 pm
Thanks for the warning

Steve Howard (45)
Wednesday November 10, 2010, 8:43 pm
Another reason here to read everything on a label.........

We were at Krogers and they had some of their house brand bread that said Vegan on the front label, but in the ingredients it said it had honey in it.

Food with honey in it is not vegan.

The Merriam Webster Dictionary says this:

"Definition of VEGAN
: a strict vegetarian who consumes no animal food or dairy products; also: one who abstains from using animal products (as leather)"

Always contact the company when you see that type thing.

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