Food Labeling: FDA Needs to Reassess Its Approach to Protecting Consumers from False or Misleading Claims

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DIANE Publishing, Mar 1, 2011 - 60 pages
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FDA oversees federal requirements to prohibit false or misleading food labels; the FTC enforces the prohibition against false or misleading advertising. By statute, health claims on food labels must have significant scientific agreement, but in 2002, in response to a court decision, FDA decided to allow qualified health claims with less scientific support. Structure/function claims refer to a food's effect on body structure or function and are also used on food. This study of FDA's implementation of qualified health claims for food examined: (1) the results of FDA's efforts to allow the use of qualified health claims and oversight of these claims; and (2) consumers' understanding of the claims. Charts and tables. This is a print on demand publication.
 

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