Product Claim Fail

Food companies nowadays splash all sorts of health and nutritional claims on product packages. These claims fall into 3 primary categories: health claims, nutrient content claims, and structure/function claims. Each type has its own set of laws and regulations dictating their use. (You can read more about this on the FDA’s website.)

But, I always chuckle when some of these claims stretch the truth. And many do. Based on previous research, a large majority are often misleading. Better yet, sometimes a claim on the package contradicts another claim or something in the ingredients.

This container of mixed nuts is a prime example, produced by CVS Pharmacy.

Here’s a short description of the product, from one part of the package label.

nuts package label 1

There is a glare in the photo, but it reads:

“We love our scrumptious variety of Unsalted Deluxe Mixed Nuts because it’s a perfectly balanced blend of natural, crunchy goodness without peanuts. We combined wholesome cashews, almonds, Brazil nuts, hazelnuts, and pecans for a snack that’s worth sharing.” (My emphasis added)

Now, let’s take a look at the ingredients list. Does it hold up?

nuts package label 2

If I had one of those annoying sounding buzzers I would press it. The last ingredient listed is “peanut and/or soybean oil.” Meaning, there is a chance I could be consuming peanuts, even though another claim on the product states the product is made without peanuts.

I’d hate to be someone with a peanut allergy.


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