Natural confusion

FDA yet to establish legal definition for ‘natural’ food labels

Many food packages claim the content within is “natural,” but exactly what that means has yet to be outlined by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration. In fact, many foods claiming to be all-natural contain genetically modified ingredients and high-fructose corn syrup. Lately, the FDA has been under pressure by groups like the Center for Science in the Public Interest to either define the term or, as Consumer Reports has petitioned, to ban its use on labels entirely. In a statement, the agency said it “has not objected to the use of the term if the food does not contain added color, artificial flavors, or synthetic substances.”