As the nation's food integrity is under attack by profit-hungry corporations and consumers are being targeted by deceptive packaging practices, consumer advocacy group Citizens for Health has launched a new website, FoodIdentityTheft.com, to alert and inform Americans about misleading labeling on many food, beverage and health products.
Since 1993, Citizens for Health, "the Voice of the Natural Health Consumer," has provided information about the threats posed by hundreds of everyday products. By supplying facts, links to news stories and videos, legislative updates and more, the non-profit organization helps shoppers make informed decisions about the products they buy for themselves and their families.
"Many consumers believe that the U.S. government will protect us from false advertising or stop corporations from making unproven claims about their products," says FoodIdentityTheft.com senior editor, Linda Bonvie. "But the truth is, corporations have a huge influence in Washington. We as consumers have to protect ourselves, stay informed, and tell our legislators and government agencies that we won't accept being lied to."
FoodIdentityTheft.com will provide current information on many vital issues, beginning with the controversy surrounding the proposed name change of high-fructose corn syrup. The trade association for this man-made sweetener has asked the U.S. government to legally change the name to the misleading and inaccurate name "corn sugar."
According to Bonvie, "We're not advocating the benefits or decrying the harm of this product. We simply believe there is no valid reason for the name change. It would only confuse consumers and allow food makers to conceal the identity of this product on ingredients labels."
"Every day we see stories about food makers trying to pull a fast one on consumers," says Jim Turner, chairman of Citizens for Health. "Resources like FoodIdentityTheft.com are necessary to ensure that consumers are aware of the deceptive practices some corporations are using."
Source: Citizens for Health