Crackdown on Fraudulent Food Labels Urged CSPI Exposes Some of the Most Misleading Ingredient Claims Health-conscious consumers are being misled by many food labels that exaggerate the presence of healthful ingredients, according to the nonprofit Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI). The nutrition and food-safety watchdog group says that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) doesn't have the resources or the will to stop deceptive labeling and typically does nothing even when flagrantly fraudulent labels are brought to its attention. Today CSPI, a state attorney general, and a ranking appropriator in Congress are all saying that needs to change. For years, CSPI has filed complaints with the FDA about egregiously mislabeled foods -- for example, "blueberry" waffles with no blueberries or "strawberry" yogurt for kids with no strawberries. The FDA's inaction on such products has been taken by food manufacturers as a signal to make even more deceptive claims, said CSPI. "Food manufacturers are shamelessly tricking consumers who are trying to eat more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains," said CSPI director of legal affairs Bruce Silverglade. "Too many processed foods contain only token amounts of the healthful ingredients highlighted on labels and are typically loaded with fats, refined sugars, refined flour, and salt, in various combinations." At a news conference in Washington with Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, Silverglade said that the FDA should immediately stop misleading food labels, including those for:
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