CSPI submitted a letter on January 6th, 2020, to the FDA's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition regarding the agency's Meeting on Horizontal Approaches to Food Standards of Identity Modernization. The letter offers comments on prior changes to food standards of identity, and on the proposed changes under discussion.

Standards of identity help ensure transparency and promote public health. While CSPI supports some changes that benefit public health, such as allowing sodium substitutes in standardized foods, other changes proposed by industry could do harm to consumers (for example, allowing bread manufacturers to add deceptive colorings to bread and palm oil to chocolate).

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