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Nestle Is the Latest Food Company Questioned By the FDA – What Happened to Prunes?

Posted Dec 25 2009 1:03pm

It seems any more every package of food you see says something to the effect that “this is good for you” in some fashion or another.  You know I’m getting confused here as perhaps some others may be as well, if all the food is so good for all of us, where’s the bad stuff?  When you stop and think of it we have “diet” chocolate and more out there, and “lite” versions of many types of food.  Anymore I’m just going to assume it is all good and eat what I think tastes the best within reason and follow the old guidelines that have been around for years about eating a balanced diet, a bit of meat, vegetables, fruits, milk, bread and so on. 

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The one item here the FDA is disputing is that the fruit drinks help support “brain development”?  Well in essence when we eat doesn’t all food somehow contribute to this in the long run?    When you visit the website the first thing you see is “good food” so they want you to know they are producing good food, versus those who may not advertise this fact, but also produce good food. 

Is this really helpful information or just marketing?

Not too long ago due to advertising on the boxes of cereal, the FDA called Cheerios a drug.   Bayer food supplements claim it helps prevent prostate cancer. 

I think we have just about lost our marbles here when it comes to marketing and trying to truthfully promote the fact that certain foods are better for us than others.  Again, we know the obvious bad foods, sweets, etc. and that’s no secret, but to get specific and make claims that a food item can help our brains develop when there are hundreds of other food products that do the same?  image

Are we waging war against the “Prune” that can save New York City (grin)?  I remember for years being told that they are some of the healthiest items available to eat and for some reason they don’t get much mention anymore.  BD   

The Food and Drug Administration came down on Nestle earlier this month for marketing its children's’ juice boxes as “medical” foods.
In a Dec. 3 letter, the FDA said the company mislabeled its Boost drink, which comes in flavors like chocolate, vanilla and strawberry, “as a medical food for the medical condition of ‘failure to thrive’ and also for ‘pre/post surgery, injury or trauma, chronic illnesses.’” According to federal guidelines, the letter explains, “medical foods must be for the dietary management of a specific disorder, disease, or condition for which there are distinctive nutritional requirements and must be intended to be used under medical supervision.”

Nestle rebuked by the FDA for misleading nutritional labeling | Booster Shots | Los Angeles Times

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