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FDA warns Nestle, Gerber, others on food claims

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is getting ready to push for new package labeling geared toward making it easier for consumers to understand the nutritional content of the foods they eat and along those lines they've issued warnings to more than a dozen other foodmakers over nutritional claims made for baby food, nuts and other products on food labels and product websites, according to letters made public on Wednesday.

The FDA will soon be drafting their guidelines for new nutritional labeling which will hopefully help consumers make smarter, healthier food choices.

About the letters:

On February 22 the FDA sent letters to baby food maker Gerber, a unit of Nestle, because one of their baby food products is making, "unauthorized nutrient content claims."

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The foods make claims that they are "Healthy as Fresh," an "Excellent Source ... of Vitamin A" and "No Added Sugar," according to the agency letter. "These regulations do not allow the claim for products specifically intended for children under two years of age," the FDA wrote. The FDA issued a similar warning to Beech-Nut, a unit of Swiss company Hero Group, the same day.

Others receiving warning letters include snack food company Diamond Foods Inc -- relating to the health claims for the omega-3 fatty acids in the company's walnuts -- and Spectrum Organic Products Inc, a unit of Hain Celestial Group, over labeling for its vegetable shortening.

 

See a list of the companies that received warning letters and links to those letters.

*Reuters
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Think they can get General Mills to stop claiming Fruity Pebbles are part of a healthy breakfast and full of vitamins and minerals?!
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I hate Fruity cereal. I do like chocolate cereal though. But somehow I'm doubting that chocolate cereal constitutes a healthy breakfast either. I think, for the most part, most cereals do have a lot of vitamins, but there are other more well balanced breakfasts in my opinion - like whole grains and fruit. Cereal is not the worst though.
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