FDA sends warning letter to Alexia Foods for misbranding products as natural

FDA sends warning letter to Alexia Foods for misbranding products as natural

FDA  warned Alexia that claiming “all natural” on the labels of its Roasted Red Potatoes & Baby Portabella Mushrooms products is misleading because the foods contain a chemical preservative.

From the 11/16/11 FDA Warning Letter to Alexia Foods, Inc.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reviewed the labels for Alexia brand Roasted Red Potatoes & Baby Portabella Mushrooms products.  Based on our review, we have concluded that these products are in violation of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (the Act).  You can find copies of the Act and the FDA regulations through links in FDA’s home page at http://www.fda.gov.
 
Alexia brand Roasted Red Potatoes & Baby Portabella Mushrooms product is misbranded within the meaning of section 403(a)(1) of the Act [21 U.S.C. 343(a)(1)], which states that a food shall be deemed to be misbranded if its labeling is false or misleading in any particular.  The phrase “All Natural” appears at the top of the principal display panel on the label. contains disodium dihydrogen pyrophosphate, which is a synthetic chemical preservative.  [58 FR 2302, 2407, January 6, 1993].
 
Alexia brand Roasted Red Potatoes & Baby Portabella Mushrooms product contains disodium dihydrogen pyrophosphate, which is a synthetic chemical preservative. Because your products contain this synthetic ingredient, the use of the claim “All Natural” on this product label is false and misleading, and therefore your product is misbranded under section 403(a)(1) of the Act.
 
We note that Alexia brand products market a number of food products with the “All Natural” statement on the label. We recommend that you review all of your product labels to be consistent with our policy to avoid additional misbranding of your food products.
 
This letter is not intended to be an all-inclusive review of your products and their labeling. It is your responsibility to ensure that all of your products and labeling comply with the Act and its implementing regulations. You should take prompt action to correct the violations cited in this letter.  Failure to do so may result in enforcement action without further notice. Such action may include, but is not limited to, seizure or injunction.
 

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