Study assails “healthy” claims by children’s food products

As reported in the American association for Justice newsletter of January 20, 2011-The Los Angeles Times (1/19, Kaplan) “Booster Shots” blog detailed the findings of a Prevention Institute study which focused on “58 products that were deemed healthy by an industry group and that also made nutritional claims on their front-of-package labels. Among the 58 items were such staples as Campbell’s Tomato Soup, Skippy Super Chunk Peanut Butter and Rice Krispies.” Forty-nine of the 58 items, or 84% “failed to meet at least one of” the study’s “criteria and were judged ‘unhealthy'” by the researchers. The study called on the Food and Drug Administration “to create a rational, uniform and honest system for conveying nutritional information on food packages,” adding that “nutrients associated with health, including vitamins A, C, D, calcium, and fiber, should not be included since they have the potential to mislead shoppers into believing that foods with a poor overall nutritional profile are healthful.

”From the desk of lawyer , John Badal, President of the Reading, Berks County and Schuylkill County law firm of Liever, Hyman & Potter, PC representing injury victims for more than 50 years.

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