We have often expressed skepticism at the food industry’s framing of itself as “part of the solution”. As we have shown continuously over the last three and a half years, industry spends considerable time and money fighting health policy.
And that brings us to the latest news, via POLITICO, of industry’s efforts to delay added sugar labeling:
“Those waiting to see added sugars labeled on their jar of pasta sauce might have to wait quite a bit longer — the food industry is looking at using the appropriations process to delay FDA’s implementation of its update of the Nutrition Facts panel.
Industry leaders proposed two different riders, according to a source who shared the language with POLITICO. One would block FDA from enforcing its rules until three years after the agency has issued final guidance on dietary fibers and added sugar. Another would block the agency from enforcing its rules until USDA implements its coming GMO disclosure rules; those are due to be published by July 2018 and expected to include a long implementation period.”
Save a few exceptions, the food industry despises added sugar labeling because that information would also list the recommended daily limit, making it clear that highly-processed, healthwashed products may contain one half or even two thirds of that added sugar limit.