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Food Labeling- F.S Project
Transcript of Food Labeling- F.S Project
by Julianah and Davidson 8A
Examples of False Food Labeling
FDA and the UsDA
Tips on Avoiding Being Fooled
Preventing False Food Labeling
Maple Leaf Natural Selections
What is Food Labeling?
Misleading Food Labeling
Overview of Food Labeling
Food labeling, which includes the nutrition facts food label and the ingredients list, are labels that can help you decide what to choose as part of an overall healthy eating plan. Checking the labels on food can alert you when a product is high in something like sugar or fat.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Department of Agriculture are agencies that lead the fight against false food labeling to help protect consumers.
In 2010, the FDA sent warnings to 17 manufacturers in regards to false claims on food packaging of 22 different products. These products ranged from juices, teas, ice creams, baby foods, olive oil, salad dressings and vegetable shortening. But, there are ways that consumers can avoid being tricked:
Avoiding and Detecting False Food Labeling
Maple Leaf Foods' Natural Section may seem an attractive buy for most health-concerned shoppers, it's "no added preservatives" may raise a few eyebrows. The line of deli meat products from Natural Selections contain nitrate, a chemical compound, which is used to help preserve the freshness of the product.
When reporters gave a call to Maple Leaf Foods, it stood strong in
its belief that the food label was accurate. "We care deeply about the integrity of the products that we produce and the labelling is accurate," replied Randy Huffman, a representative of Maple Leaf Foods.
As a result of this report, Maple Leaf has modified its packaging to inform consumers that the product does indeed contain nitrate.
The FDA is a branch within the Department of Health and Human Services responsible for the food and drug safety of the public.
The Department of Agriculture is responsible for ensuring meat, poultry, and egg products are safe to consume, properly packaged and labeled.
This agency has many programs to guarantee consumers' safety, such as the Federal Meat Inspection Act
Some ways to avoid being tricked by false food labeling are:
Before you purchase any product, make sure you read and understand nutrition labels and ingredient labels.
Cook from scratch, cook at home to avoid being tricked by false food claims
Purchase unprocessed foods, such as fresh fruits and vegetables, unprocessed meats and wild-caught fish.
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To make food labels work for you, you need to look at the whole label. If you focus on just one part - like carbohydrates or calories- you may not get the full story like how much fat or sugar is in the product. To get the big picture on the food labels of a particular product, here are some tips to consider:
Serving size- is 1 cup or 8 oz. Always start with the serving size because all the information on the rest of the label-from calories to vitamins-is based on the amount.
Calories- are used to measure how much energy a food provides to your body.
Percent Daily Value- shows the amount of nutrients an average person will get from eating one serving of that food.
Other things that
Food Labels Tells us
However, as useful and informative as food labels are, they can also be misleading as a result of companies advertising tactics. Some companies try to rip people off by labeling their products to make it look healthy and attract more consumers.
Companies sometimes label their product as organic, pure, no added preservatives, or baked not fried. This misleads consumers and by this, the purpose of food labels isn't fulfilled.
Kraft Canada Inc.'s
But that last claim didn't check out with the Marketplace investigation. It was found out that a person would have to eat approximately 177 servings of KD Smart to ingest the same amount of omega-3 found in just a single piece of fish.
There is a more expensive version of the popular macaroni and cheese product that is supposedly healthier and has "no artificial flavors, colours or preservatives." The line of KD Smart products includes an omega-3 option, which Kraft promotes as a way to get the fatty acid that has been linked to brain and heart benefits.
Kraft said its KD Smart was "simply another way for moms to get some omega-3 into their family's diet."
Always read the ingredients label
Read the nutrition label- some companies say "Fat-Free!", when the product contains less than 0.5 g of fat
This product, by Lassonde, contains references to its health claims all over its packaging. It also used to contain a line implying that drinking two glasses of juice was equivalent to eating 80 oranges or 22 kilograms of broccoli.
The company was recently asked by The Canadian Fod Inspection to remove that claim from its packaging.
Companies are allowed to add plant sterols (which increases the removal of cholesterol form the body) to juice and make a cholesterol claim.
In a statement to Marketplace the company that makes the juice, Lassonde, said its juice is "intended for people who are concerned about their cholesterol level or have a family history of this condition."
However, to gain the required health benefits a person needs to drink two glasses every day, which is more than 1.5 kilograms of sugar every month.
"If you’re worried about your cholesterol, I’m not sure that taking your medicine with sugar is a wise plan,"Dr. Yoni Freedhoff, a doctor who speacilizes in healthy eating, said.
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The popular Campbell Soup company has a special line of healthy soups that contain whole grains and vegetables, along with a food label that says the product contains 25 per cent less sodium than other soups.
However, Campbell's Healthy Request soup uses two-thirds of the 398-millilitre container for its serving size. "If a person were to eat the whole container they would ingest 750 milligrams of sodium, or more than half the daily recommended amount," Freedhoff said.
"The amount Canadians choose to eat will vary depending on their individual lifestyle and dietary needs," the company said in defense.
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