Sugar labeling

The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) wants FDA to change its nutrition labeling requirements to include a line for "added sugars," charging that consumers should be able to tell when sugars are added in processing as opposed to occurring naturally in the food.

CSPI sees such labeling as a tool to fight obesity. Nonsense, says the National Food Processors Assn. "Sugars are sugars--whether added or naturally occurring," says NFPA executive vice president of scientific and regulatory affairs, Dr. Rhona Applebaum. The labeling change would only confuse consumers and imply that one type of sugar is better than another according to NFPA. Consumers should focus on the amount of total sugar, which is already stated on the nutrition label says Applebaum.

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