Deceptive Health Claims

The food industry has a challenge on its hands. Most health experts agree that the optimum diet is one based mostly on whole, plant foods, the kind that come from nature and not a factory. So, to convince Americans they can still eat their favorite meat, cheese, soda and junk food, many companies are using meaningless labels such as “all-natural” and engaging in other deceptive marketing practices. Eat Drink Politics can help demystify these labels. We can also offer experts in nutrition, psychology, and marketing for litigation consulting and other legal solutions to this problem.

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Is the End of “Natural” Labeling Near?

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Industry Lawyers Tell Big Food How Not to Get Sued

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Ask a Food Lawyer: Why are some foods containing partially hydrogenated oils labeled “zero grams trans fat”?

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