BBB on the lookout for food label lies

Food allergies are becoming pervasive in society. I, personally, know a handful of people and one dog who have a wheat allergy, so I have more than a passing interest in the topic.

Just a few years ago I had to define gluten (a protein found in wheat and other grains) every time I used the term in conversation. Now, Celiac Disease is widely known, even smaller grocery stores have a gluten-free shelf, and many restaurants have a menu available specifically for patrons with food allergies.

Unfortunately, government regulation has not kept up with the trends. In order to label a product as trans fat-free, that product must contain less than 0.5 grams of trans fat per serving. However, there is no such legal definition for “gluten-free.”

This has allowed many unscrupulous businesses to sell supposedly gluten-free products without disclosing potential gluten contamination. Some consumers have complained to Better Business Bureau after such products have made them sick.

If you’ve bought a product because of supposed health claims on the label, such as gluten- or dairy-free or vegan, only to later discover those claims were exaggerated or false, let BBB know. Email Candice at cerickson@austin.bbb.org.

-Amy

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2 Responses to BBB on the lookout for food label lies

  1. i just started eating gluten free and i was shocked by the number of foods in our food supply that contain gluten. no wonder people are starting to become intolerant. thanks for the info!

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