Common food label misconceptions

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By: Ivanhoe Newswire
November 8, 2018

ORLANDO, Fla. (Ivanhoe Newswire) -- Some of the food labels you encounter at the supermarket are useful. However, there are many that are misleading, so there are ways you can decode the mysteries behind food labeling.

The dailymeal.com says it is important to know what food labels truly mean. Be on the look out for deceptive and at times meaningless labels such as: “free range”, “all-natural” or “sustainably raised.”

“As consumers we should all be demanding antibiotic-free meat,” said Amy Collins, MD, the Senior Clinical Advisor at Healthcare Without Harm.

The terms “antibiotic-free” and “no antibiotic residues” are not approved by the USDA. Some experts are concerned.

Dr. Collins said, “This practice of giving them low-dose antibiotics in their food on a daily basis is the perfect opportunity to breed antibiotic resistant bacteria.”

In terms of “free range” the FDA only requires five minutes of open air access per day, which can mean no more than a hole to stick their head through. “All-natural” is another misleading and general tag that the FDA doesn’t have an officially recognized definition for, and contrary to what some may believe, “all-natural” does not mean GMO-free.

The FDA does not check for the accuracy of product labeling but will occasionally collect surveillance samples to monitor the accuracy of nutrition information.



 
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