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Everything You Need to Know About Food Mislabeling: A Guide for Consumers

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Everything You Need to Know About Food Mislabeling: A Guide for Consumers

As consumers, we rely on the accuracy of food labeling to make informed decisions about what we eat and feed to our families. When that trust is broken, and we realize that the products we have purchased are mislabeled, it can be frustrating and even harmful. If you purchased a mislabeled food product or another mislabeled product, contact Laukaitis Law today.

What is food mislabeling?

Food mislabeling refers to false or misleading information companies put on food labels. This can include incorrect ingredient lists, unapproved health claims, incorrect labeling of country of origin or organic status, false nutrition facts, mislabeling allergens, and mislabeled expiration dates.

Food Mislabeling vs. Food Fraud

It is essential to distinguish between food mislabeling and food fraud. Food mislabeling refers to the intentional or unintentional provision of false or misleading information on food labels. Food fraud, on the other hand, involves the deliberate adulteration or substitution of food products for financial gain.

Types of Food Mislabeling

There are several different types of food mislabeling that consumers should be aware of:

  • Underreporting Ingredients: This can occur when a product label fails to list all of the ingredients contained in the product. This can be especially problematic for individuals with allergies or sensitivities to certain ingredients.
  • Unapproved Health Claims: Some food product labels make false or unapproved claims about their health benefits. For example, a product may claim to be a “miracle cure” for a specific health condition without any scientific evidence to back up the claim.
  • Incorrect Labeling of Country of Origin: Food products must be accurately labeled with the country of origin. This is important for various reasons, including food safety and consumer preferences.
  • False Labeling of Organic Product: For a product to be labeled as organic, it must meet specific criteria. Falsely labeling a product as organic is a form of mislabeling.
  • Incorrect Nutrition Facts: Nutrition labels are meant to provide consumers with important information about the nutritional content of a food product. Only accurate or accurate nutrition facts can lead to consumers making correct decisions about their diet.
  • Mislabeling of Allergens: It is essential for food products to accurately list any allergens that are present in the product. This is especially important for individuals with allergies, as exposure to even small amounts of an allergen can be life-threatening.
  • Mislabeled Expiration Dates: Expiration dates are meant to indicate the shelf life of a food product. Mislabeling expiration dates can lead to consumers consuming spoiled or unsafe products.

What to do If You Suspect Food Mislabeling: Contact Laukaitis Law

Consumers expect accurate and honest labeling on the products they purchase. If you suspect you have purchased a mislabeled food product or any other mislabeled product, feel free to contact us. We will work with you to get justice and hold companies accountable for their actions.

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