CSPI Comments to FDA Re: The Declaration of Added Sugars on Honey, Maple Syrup, and Certain Cranberry Products; Docket No. FDA–2018–D–0075

FDA cannot allow companies to mislead consumers about the meaning of "added sugar" and write their own "factual statements", says CSPI

Pure Maple Syrup Labeling
Source: Label Insight

In comments filed June 15, 2018, with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the Center for Science in the Public Interest urged the agency to ensure that manufacturers’ statements about the meaning of “added sugars” on all Nutrition Facts labels are truthful and not misleading. CSPI also recommended that FDA not permit manufacturers to write their own “factual statement” qualifying the added sugars in cranberry, honey, and maple products.

The group says if this draft guidance is not carefully considered, such statements may lead consumers to erroneously conclude that the added sugars in honey, maple syrup, and some cranberry products are inherently less harmful than other added sugars. If FDA permits honey and maple syrup companies to use a factual statement, it will likely open the floodgate for similar requests from companies that market single-ingredient packages of agave syrup, molasses, brown rice syrup, sugar, and other sweeteners.