Noncompliant claims for plant-based spread

The labeling (on package and website) for a vegan/plant-based spread makes claims for various minerals (selenium, zinc, etc.) and protein content...


The nutrition information for the product does not substantiate nutrient claims for these minerals and protein. One serving must contain at least 10% of the Daily Value in order for a nutrient content claim to be made; it doesn’t.

The labeling/marketing of these spreads also makes health claims that the antioxidants contained can “help prevent...cancers and heart disease,” and various minerals can "protect from infections,” “heal wounds” and balance blood sugar levels. Such statements are considered drug-action claims (cure and prevention of diseases and conditions) and are not permitted for food products.

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