The worrying truths behind some label claims -
When you grab a bottle of “all natural” cooking oil at the grocery store or a bag of “all natural” corn chips, you think you’re getting an “all natural” product. But like any product advertised as “natural,” that all depends on your definition of the word—and that of the people selling it to you.
Considering our corporate-controlled food supply, you might imagine there are many different opinions on what “natural” means, since the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) doesn’t regulate the term. This past December, California resident Julie Gengo brought a class-action lawsuit against Frito-Lay for advertising its Tostitos and Sun Chips as all natural, despite the fact that both are made with genetically modified corn. Her suit follows another, brought by the same New York City law firm, Milberg LLC, against food giant ConAgra for advertising its canola oil as natural, even though it, too, is made from a genetically modified crop.
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