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Should the F.D.A. Regulate the Use of ‘Natural’ on Food Products?

November 11, 2014

New York Times

Though the “organic” label has been strictly defined and regulated since 2002, the Food and Drug Administration has declined to define the frequently used term “natural.”

The F.D.A.’s nonbinding advisory opinion states that “natural” means “nothing artificial or synthetic (including colors regardless of source)” or anything in the product that “would not normally be there,” but this opinion cannot be legally enforced. (Crystal Light Natural Lemonade, for instance, has artificial color but no lemon in its ingredients.)

Still, many Americans remain confused about foods that are marketed as “natural” products.

Should the F.D.A. define “natural”?

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