An initiative by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) allowing
food producers and manufacturers to make "qualified health claims" based on
a broad range of valid scientific findings has brought together unlikely allies
in opposition to the measure.
The FDA's Task Force on Consumer Health Information for Better Nutrition
announced on July 10 a new process by which the FDA will review health claims
on food labels. Current law requires the FDA to reject health claims on foods
unless the statements are supported by "significant scientific agreement."
But beginning in September, food label claims approved by the agency will
come with a "Health Claims Report Card," that grades on an "A-B-C-D" basis
the quality of scientific evidence underlying the label's health claims.
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