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Understanding Front-of-Package Violations: Why Warning Letters Are Sent to Industry

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Firm Product Type of Claim or Major Topic Area Action
Dreyers Grand
Ice Cream, Inc.
Nestle Drumstick Classic Vanilla Fudge [image] The front panel shows that the product has no trans fat, but it doesn't have a disclosure statement to alert consumers that the product has significant levels of saturated fat and total fat. Warning Letter
Dreyers Dibs Bite Sized Ice Cream Snacks Vanilla Ice Cream with Nestle Crunch Coating [image] The front panel shows that the product has no trans fat, but it doesn't have a disclosure statement to alert consumers that the product has significant levels of saturated fat and total fat.
Gorton's, Inc. Gorton's Fish Fillets [image] The front panel shows that the product has no trans fat, but it doesn't have a disclosure statement to alert consumers that the product has significant levels of sodium, saturated fat and total fat. Warning Letter
Schwan's
Consumer Brands
Mrs. Smith's Coconut Custard Pie [image] The front panel shows that the product has no trans fat, but it doesn't have a disclosure statement to alert consumers that the product has significant levels of saturated fat and total fat. Warning Letter
Spectrum
Organic
Products, Inc.
Organic All Vegetable Shortening [image] The front panel shows that the product has no trans fat, but it doesn't have a disclosure statement to alert consumers that the product has significant levels of saturated fat and total fat. Warning Letter
The product makes nutrient content claims such as "cholesterol free," "less saturated fat than butter," and "good source of … monounsaturated fat," but does not meet the legal requirements to make these claims.
Beech-nut Beechnut DHA Plus line of products [image] The product makes claims on its website such as "no added refined sugar" and "plus vitamins and minerals," which are not allowed on products intended for children under 2 yrs of age because appropriate dietary levels have not been established for children in this age range. Warning Letter
Beechnut Whole Grain Oatmeal with mixed fruit The product makes claims such as "low sodium," "plus fiber," and "plus vitamins & minerals," which are not allowed on products intended for children under 2 yrs of age because appropriate dietary levels have not been established for children in this age range.
PBM Products Parent's Choice Little Puffs Plus Calcium Blueberry Naturally Flavored [image] The product makes claims such as "plus calcium," which are not allowed on products intended for children under 2 yrs of age because appropriate dietary levels have not been established for children in this age range. Warning Letter
Parent's Choice Little Puffs Made with Whole Grains Peach-Mango Naturally Flavored [image] The product makes claims such as "a good source of calcium," "a good source of Vitamin D," and "a good source of iron," which are not allowed on products intended for children under 2 yrs of age because appropriate dietary levels have not been established for children in this age range.
Nestle Juicy Juice Brain Development Fruit Juice Beverage (Apple) [image] The product makes claims such as "no sugar added," which are not allowed on products intended for children under 2 yrs of age because appropriate dietary levels have not been established for children in this age range. Warning Letter (issued 12/2009)
Juicy Juice All-Natural 100% Juice Orange Tangerine and Juicy Juice All-Natural 100%
Juice Grape [image]
The product labels imply that the products are 100% juice when they are actually
juice blends with added flavors.
Nestle Nutrition Gerber's 2nd Foods Carrots [image] The product makes claims such as "healthy," "excellent source of … Vitamin A," and "no added sugar," which are not allowed on products intended for children under 2 yrs of age because appropriate dietary levels have not been established for children in this age range. Warning Letter
Gerber Graduates Puffs [image] The product makes claims such as "good source of iron, zinc, and Vitamin E," which are not allowed on products intended for children under 2 yrs of age because appropriate dietary levels have not been established for children in this age range..
Redco Foods Salada Naturally Decaffeinated Green Tea [image]
 
The product makes claims that it will treat, prevent, or cure diseases such as Alzheimer's disease, rheumatism, and cancer. These types of claims are not allowed on food products. Warning letter
The product makes claims on the product website that it is effective in the prevention of cardiovascular disease, but this claim has been not authorized for this product.
The product makes claims such as "fortified with antioxidants," but the claim does not meet the requirements of the antioxidant regulation.
Sunsweet Growers Antioxidant Blend Dried
Fruit Mix [image]
The product makes claims such as “full of nutritious antioxidants,” but the claim does not meet the requirements of the antioxidant regulation. Warning letter
Fleminger Inc. TeaForHealth Green Tea products Dr. Lee's TeaForHealth 710EGCG inabottle Green TeaTea For Health 710EGCG Ready-To-Drink Natural Brewed Green Tea [image] The product makes claims that it will treat, prevent, or cure diseases such as Alzheimer's disease, diabetes, and cancer. These types of claims are not allowed on food products. Warning Letter
FDA has authorized a qualified health claim for green tea, but the claims for these products do not meet the criteria established by FDA.
The product makes claims such as "drink high antioxidant green tea," but the claim does not meet the requirements of the antioxidant regulation.
POM Wonderful POM Wonderful100%
Pomegranate Juice [image]
The product makes claims that it will treat, prevent, or cure diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, and cancer. These types of claims are not allowed on food products. Warning Letter
Ken's Foods, Inc. Ken's Healthy Options
Salad Dressings [image]
The product makes claims such as, "Healthy Options," but has more fat than is allowed in products labeled as "healthy." Warning Letter
Pompeian, Inc. Pompeian Imported Extra Light Olive Oil [image] The product makes nutrient content claims such as "light," and "high in good monounsaturated fat," but doesn't meet the requirement to make these claims. Warning Letter
The product makes claims that it will treat, prevent, or cure diseases such as heart disease and cancer. These types of claims are not allowed on food products.
Diamond Food,
Inc.
Diamond of California
Shelled Walnuts [image]
The product label makes claims that the product can help prevent heart disease. FDA has authorized a claim relating walnuts and heart disease, but the claim on this product doesn't meet the requirements to make the claim. Warning Letter
The product makes claims that it will treat, prevent, or cure diseases such as heart disease, arthritis and cancer. These types of claims are not allowed on food
products.
First Juice, Inc. Organic Fruit and Veggie
Juice Beverage products [image]
The product make claims such as "plus calcium," and "50% less sugar," which are not allowed on products intended for children under 2 yrs of age because appropriate dietary levels have not been established for children in this age range. Warning Letter
Purple carrot products The products make claims that the products will "reduce the risk of cancer and stroke," This claim has not been authorized by FDA for use on food products.
Want Want
Foods
Baby Mum-Mum Original Selected Superior Rice Rusks [image] The product make claims such as "low in fat," and "no added fats for oils," which are not allowed on products intended for children under 2 yrs of age because appropriate dietary levels have not been established for children in this age range. Warning Letter
Nature's Path
Foods, Inc.
Organic Flax Plus Multibran Cereal [image] The product label includes the nutrient claim, "excellent source of Omega-3+," which has not been approved for use on food products. Untitled Letter