Calif. Group Petitions FDA, FTC To Bar Companies From Using ‘Diet’ Label on Artificially Sweetened Products
On Thursday, the California-based U.S. Right to Know advocacy group filed citizen petitions, urging FDA and the Federal Trade Commission to bar companies from labeling artificially sweetened products with the word "diet." The American Beverage Association, on behalf of several soft-drink makers, refuted the claims, saying several studies have shown that diet beverages "are an effective tool as part of an overall weight management plan."
- "California Group Seeks To Restrict 'Diet' Label" (Gordon, McClatchy Washington Bureau/San Jose Mercury News, 4/10).