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Food Companies Criticize FDA For New Guidelines On Definition Of “Healthy”

February 21, 2023: 12:00 AM EST
Major food companies and associations are criticizing the FDA for its attempt to change its definition of ‘healthy’ foods. In September 2022, the FDA proposed new guidelines of what foods can be labelled as ‘healthy’, claiming foods would have to include a certain amount of key nutritious ingredients, like fruits and vegetables, and have little added sugar, sodium and saturated fat. Companies including Conagra and Chobani argue they could not follow the FDA’s new guidelines without sacrificing product quality and taste, thus alienating consumers. The Consumer Brands Association, which represents packaged food corporations like Hostess, Mondelēz, General Mills, PepsiCo and Coca-Cola, has implied it may sue to the FDA. In a lengthy, 54-page comment, the group says that the regulation infringes on food companies’ First Amendment rights. The association even argues that the FDA may not have the legal authority to set such a strict limit on added sugar “given the lack of scientific consensus on the relationship between sugar intake and diet-related disease.” The Consumer Brands Association has pitched its own alternative framework that would make it easier for foods to qualify as healthy. 
Nicholas Florko, "Cereal, pasta, and other food companies blast the FDA for a too-strict definition of ‘healthy’", STAT.com, February 21, 2023, © STAT
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