In a recent article from Food Dive entitled “What you need to know about bioplastics for food packaging,” Paul Conley reveals some interesting developments in bioplastic packaging for food. Bioplastics is a nature-based alternative to petroleum-based plastics. Imagine, sugarcane being used for packaging material. The packaging material is made from the plant waste leftover from the sugar production. It looks and feels like cardboard.
The FDA notified 17 food manufacturers that the labeling for 22 of their food products violates the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.
The violations cited in the Warning Letters include unauthorized health claims, unauthorized nutrient content claims, and the unauthorized use of terms such as “healthy,” and others that have strict, regulatory definitions. Companies have 15 business days to reply to the FDA regarding corrective steps.
Nutrition labeling is a major priority for the FDA. Br uce A. Silverglade, director of legal affairs of the Center for Science in the Public Interest stated in a NY Times article. “The F.D.A. is not merely firing a shot across the bow; it is declaring war on misleading food labeling.” CSPI is a leading advocacy group that had pushed for stricter rules.
You can view these warning letters on the FDA’s site.