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May 12, 1945

Current Comment

JAMA. 1945;128(2):132-133. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860190068015

OLEOMARGARINE AND THE COUNCIL ON FOODS AND NUTRITION  Misinterpretation is being placed on the action of the Council on Foods and Nutrition in withdrawing acceptance from individual brands of oleomargarine. Reports published in the periodicals devoted to the interests of the dairy industry and comment stimulated in the public press falsely attribute this action to a lack of confidence in the nutritional value of margarine. Such is not the case. The report of the Council on Foods and Nutrition in The Journal, Sept. 16, 1944, stated clearly that margarine is considered a general purpose food and therefore outside the Council's scope of acceptance, now limited to "special purpose" foods. For this reason acceptance is no longer granted to margarine. Confidence in the nutritional value of margarine fortified with vitamin A was reaffirmed by the Council at the time acceptance was withdrawn. The attempts of those opposing margarine to cast doubt