Make fresh data as accurate as frozen

Commenting on FDA’s proposed update of the list of the 20 most frequently consumed raw fruits, vegetables, and fish and their nutrition labeling values, the American Frozen Food Institute expressed its concern about what it believes to be the outdated nutrient values that are incorporated into the current voluntary labeling program.

The antiquated data used for voluntary labeling makes it nearly impossible for a consumer to make reliable nutrition comparisons between fresh and frozen products according to AFFI. It charged that the raw fruit and vegetable industry has made “no effort” over the past six years to correct inaccurate information and has no incentive to do so. The nutrition labeling law requires frozen fruit and vegetable processors to validate information put on frozen fruit and vegetable labels. AFFI said FDA should encourage the raw produce industry to provide consumers with accurate, statistically validated nutritional values for raw fruits and vegetables.

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