New Sugar Label: Food Industry Misleads Public on Dangers of Sugar

To varying degrees, companies mislead the public in the interest of their bottom lines. We see it in their borderline-deceptive marketing, in front-of-box labeling practices, and in the flat-out scientific denials by corporations like Monsanto. When it comes to those with interest in the sugar industry, misleading statements and false information abound.

Gretchen Goldman is a lead analyst for the Center for Science and Democracy. She recently addressed the FDA at a public meeting on proposed rules on food labeling. Specifically, Goldman spoke in support of the FDA adding an “added sugars” label to nutrition fact panels. And following her own presentation, she stuck around to hear from those who opposed the new label, namely those with sugar interests.

“Given past efforts by sugar interests to obscure the science on sugar and health, I knew to expect some unsubstantiated claims,” writes Goldman at the Union of Concerned Scientists. “Sure enough, listening to other stakeholders provide comments, I heard statements in need of correcting.”

In her blog post, Goldman counters misleading statements made by those with the Grocery Manufacturers Association, the Sugar Association, and the Frozen Foods Institute. She points to the World Health Association, the American Heart Association, and other reputable agencies who say an added sugars label isn’t only smart, but could save lives.