Comment on Request for Information re: Food Labeling in Online Grocery Shopping (Docket No. FDA-2023-N-0624)
25 July 2023
Previously, the webpage showed an outdated version of the Nutrition Facts label (e.g., there was no line for Added Sugars) and a version of the ingredients list that did not match the ingredients listed for the same product on the manufacturer’s website. [...] The Nutrition Facts label has no line for added sugars and the ingredients list includes partially hydrogenated cottonseed oil, whereas the new product formulation contains canola oil and palm oil instead (see Appendix Figure 2).15 In the example of General Mills Cheerios sold on Target.com, the product listing presents an image of the package with a health claim (“can help lower cholesterol as pa. [...] Finally, in the example of Checkers and Rally’s Famous Seasoned Fries sold on Amazon.com, the product listing includes an image of the package with a “0g trans fat per serving” nutrient claim and marketing images, but no ingredients list or Nutrition Facts label.18 Below the product images, in the “Customer questions and answers” section, one customer asked about the product’s ingredients and anot. [...] Sincerely, Center for Science in the Public Interest Consumer Federation of America Center for Digital Democracy Consumer Reports 2 1 Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) is a non-profit consumer education and advocacy organization that has worked since 1971 to improve the public’s health through better nutrition and safer food. [...] Figure 4: Online image of Checkers and Rally’s Famous Seasoned Fries at Amazon.com (Top) and image from the same webpage of one customer question and answer (Bottom), accessed on November 8, 2021.