FDA Continues Food Labeling Crackdown, Warns 17 Companies

September 21, 2010

Making clear its intent to correct food labeling violations, FDA issued warning letters to 17 food manufacturers last week regarding 22 products said to be making unauthorized health claims. The involved companies, including Gerber (Fremont, MI), Beech-Nut (Florida, NY), and Nestle (Vevey, Switzerland), will have 15 days to inform FDA of how they will correct their labels. On the same day, Commissioner of food and drugs Margaret Hamburg, MD, addressed the industry in an open letter, stating her commitment to improving food labeling practices.

Making clear its intent to correct food labeling violations, FDA issued warning letters to 17 food manufacturers last week regarding 22 products said to be making unauthorized health claims. The involved companies, including Gerber (Fremont, MI), Beech-Nut (Florida, NY), and Nestle (Vevey, Switzerland), will have 15 days to inform FDA of how they will correct their labels.

On the same day, Commissioner of food and drugs Margaret Hamburg, MD, addressed the industry in an open letter, stating her commitment to improving food labeling practices.

'I have made improving the scientific accuracy and usefulness of food labeling one of my priorities as Commissioner of Food and Drugs,' said Hamburg. 'The latest focus in this area, of course, is on information provided on the principal display panel of food packages and commonly referred to as '˜front-of-pack... labeling"Unfortunately, however, we continue to see products marketed with labeling that violates established labeling standards.'

Hamburg...s open letter also reminded companies of FDA...s plan for upcoming draft guidance related to front-of-pack calorie and nutrient labeling.

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