IFIC Foundation Comments to FDA on the Term “Natural” in Food Labeling

(Washington, D.C. May 10, 2016) − The International Food Information Council (IFIC) Foundation has shared consumer attitudinal research and insights with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in comments on a proposed rule regarding the “use of the term ‘natural’ in the labeling of human food products.”

The comments conclude with recommendations:

With the wide variant of responses to describing the term “natural” by consumers, it is evident that consumers are confused and uncertain of what they are buying when purchasing a food labeled “natural.” In order to bring clarity and truth in advertising to the general public, it is apparent the term “natural” does need to be standardized. Transparency and truth in advertising are factors that enhance consumer trust in the government and food manufacturers. Clarity in labeling and terminology on products through standardization of terms like “natural” is a place to start.

The comments are based on findings from the 2016 Food & Health SurveyClick here to view them.

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