Current Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics premier sponsor PepsiCo (which is still a sponsor despite revised sponsorship guidelines) is name-checked several times.
- “Back in May, UCS celebrated a huge victory for science-based policy and public health with the FDA’s unveiling of its revisions to the Nutrition Facts label. Among other changes, the rule will require companies to include a separate line for ‘Added Sugars’ and a percent daily value for it on food labels. It was not an easy road to victory, thanks to pushback from the powerful food industry since the rule was first proposed, and actually, since the earliest days of the Nutrition Facts label.”
- “One of the most common industry talking points used to oppose labeling efforts is that disclosing additional information on labels will mislead or confuse consumers. When the FDA was first proposing its rule to mandate the Nutrition Facts label in 1990, a Frito-Lay representative wrote in a comment to the agency, “it is certain that should all of the information that the FDA is currently proposing be included on a label, it would overwhelm and easily exceed the capacity of the average consumer to understand it.” Not only are these statements condescending, but rarely does the industry have robust evidence to back up its assertion.”
- “The powerful sugar and food industry used their lobbying dollars to spread doubt about the feasibility of the added sugar line on the Nutrition Facts label. American Crystal Sugar, a cooperative of sugar producers, donated $10,000 in 2014 and $10,000 in 2016 to the chair of the House of Representatives Agriculture Appropriations subcommittee, while General Mills, Kraft Foods, ConAgra, and PepsiCo collectively donated more than $10,000 to him in 2014. “
- “The International Food Information Council (IFIC), an organization financed by some of the largest multinational food companies and with a board comprised predominantly of food industry representatives, authored a study looking at consumer perception of an added sugars label. Despite its own findings that the majority of consumers (81.4 percent) who read nutrition labels also rely on the ingredients list, the IFIC study design only allowed respondents to look at the current Nutrition Facts label, and not an accompanying ingredients list. Nor did the study evaluate how the “Added Sugars” line would affect actual food purchasing. Despite conducting a study with incomplete information, the IFIC concluded that its “data support the misleading nature of including an ‘Added Sugars’ line on the [Nutrition Facts label] by potentially altering the way consumers judge the healthfulness of a product, thus affecting the likelihood of purchasing said product.”