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If you’re going to bother reading labels – and you should – it helps to understand what you’re reading. Because there are all sorts of ways to conceal things. Here are some things to watch out for…
Around Zero G
‘0 g’ fat is defined as ‘below 0.5g.’ You’d think it would have to be, say, ‘below 0.1g.’
Manufacturers get to provide their own oversight on the accuracy of their Food Labels.
Squinting At Pie
The ‘serving size’ for cake is 1/12 cake. For pie, it’s 1/8 pie. What a joke!
Food Allergen Blues
There’s a ‘Big Eight Food Allergens’: milk, fish, wheat, shellfish, peanuts, eggs, soybeans and tree nuts. Any other allergens aren’t governed by the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act (FALCPA) labeling requirements.That’s why Mr. Corn Allergen is smiling.
Sulfites are regarded as ‘incidental ingredients.’ That means they don’t have to be listed on Food Labels.
‘Calorie free’ is defined as ‘less than five calories.’ Let’s hope your waistline agrees that they’re just ‘free.’
Squinting At Food Labels
When you hit middle-age and your eyesight weakens, the very first thing you’ll no longer be able to read? Food Labels. But you can go 20 years being able to see everything else – but Food Labels – just fine, so you don’t wear glasses. Carry reading glasses when you shop.
‘Serving size’ is defined on the basis of ‘persons 4 years of age or older.’ But not this kid.
Food Allergen Fun Fact
Remember FALCPA’, which handles Food Alllergens? Its labeling requirements don’t apply to restaurants, delis, etc.
Serving Size Fun Fact
The listed ‘serving size’ for maraschino cherries? One maraschino cherry.