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+ - Who checks food nutrition labels?

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Latent Heat writes "Who checks those FDA-mandated food nutrition labels? I am being treated by my doctor for elevated blood pressure, so the sodium content of the food I buy and eat is important to me.

I have been purchasing a house-label brand of cheese from a Wisconsin-based grocery store chain for about 30 years now. When I first starting consuming this product labeled as "Reduced Sodium", I really liked the "dairy fresh taste" of the low salt content. Low or no salt in processed dairy may not be to everyone's liking, but some of us like the taste of butter and cheese that way in addition to the health benefit. Lately, the Reduced Sodium cheese doesn't taste the same, it tastes of having a lot of salt in it. I checked the FDA-mandated nutrition label, which shows the product to have 60 mg of sodium per one ounce (28 gram) serving. That serving size is for a generous snack and that amount of sodium is quite low for a processed food product.

Does anyone check on this kind of thing? I looked on the FDA Web site, where there was a lot written about questionable health claims. I can't find anything on the Web to support consumer complaints such as, "Hey, bro, your label says 60 mg sodium per one ounce serving, it tastes like there is a lot more than 60 mg in there, when is the last time you submitted a sample for testing?"

Anyone have a related experience? Anyone know how to bring such a situation to regulatory scrutiny? Is there any oversight on those nutrition labels or is it all voluntary compliance and if it tastes too salt rich, fat rich, sugar rich, stop buying it?"

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