warning labels

Obviously, we need food labels. We need to know what the product is in that multicolored can or box, and having the information on the nutritional content of the product can be helpful when used appropriately.  But some terms are less clear, and in some cases undefined and/ misleading. For example, ‘All natural’ has no FDA-approved definition, and ‘fresh’ might not be true if an item doesn’t sell quickly. All such labels can generally be termed ‘informational,’ and it’s up to the consumer to interpret them concerning their own needs.

There’s another kind of label on consumer products — the warning label — that we’re all familiar with on cigarette packages and alcohol-containing beverages concerning pregnant women. Some would like to see such labels on foods because of their...

beverageThe California Senate just passed a bill requiring soft drinks to be labeled with a warning linking the drinks to obesity, diabetes and tooth decay. The exact wording is Drinking beverages with added sugar contributes to obesity, diabetes and tooth decay, and the label would be required on drinks with added sweeteners that are more than 75 calories per 12 ounce serving.

The bill will now go to the state Assembly, and if passed will be in the hands of the Governor. The justification for this bill,...

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Graphic images on cigarette packs may be doing their jobs.

A new study shows the visuals were more likely to discourage teens from smoking than when warnings were text-only. In 2011, three years after the images were added...