urges ban on functional foods
In a letter to the FDA, the Center for
Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) called for a ban on the
sale of 75 beverages, cereals, and snack foods containing herbs.
CSPI believes that consumers are being mislead by health claims
on the products' labels. The group alleges that functional foods
like Snapple and Arizona Teas are unsafe and "spiked" with "illegal"
ingredients. FDA promised to "carefully evaluate" CSPI's concerns.
ABC News, July 18; Natural Business Journal, August 2000.
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