Target: Ms. Margaret Hamburg, Commissioner of Food and Drugs
Goal: Add new “extra sugar” labels to products to protect consumers.
The Food and Drug Administration is attempting to add new sugar labels to products in order to protect consumers from hidden sugars, but there has been an enormous pushback from the food industry. The new labels would only disclose the number of teaspoons of sugar in a given product, but food companies and their advocates are falsely claiming that there will be negative side effects in an attempt to protect their profits. Something must be done to ensure that the companies that make our food are completely transparent about what goes into it.
There is no doubt that many corporations care more about profit than their customers, and food corporations are no different. Companies such as Kellog, Coca-Cola, and Dannon are all working overtime with their pet group The American Nutrition Society to get the FDA to kill the new label plan to save their precious bottom lines. These groups claim that there is no reason to single out sugar in particular and that new sugar labels could set a “dangerous” new precedent. The only dangerous thing on this conversation is how much sugar Americans consume.
New food labels would set a precedent–a positive one. One that highlights how terrible the American diet is and how it is slowly killing and bankrupting an already struggling country. The FDA is currently being blasted by these companies and needs to hear that the public supports new and more transparent labeling for their food. Please sign here to tell the Commissioner of the FDA that people matter more than corporate profits and that healthier people are better for this country.
Dear Commissioner Hamburg,
It has come to my attention that a new plan attempting to add extra sugar labels to products has come under fire from corporations and their advocacy groups. I am writing to you to express my strong desire for these new labels to become a reality, regardless of what some giant corporations want. It is well known that many corporations care more for their bottom lines than their customers, and food companies are no different. Their claims that the new labeling would hurt consumers are spurious and serve only their own interests.
More transparent labeling of food could only help consumers make healthier choices about what they eat and drink. The American Nutrition Society, a well-known puppet of Kellog, Dannon, and Coca-Cola, says that the new regulations could set a “dangerous” precedent for singling out certain ingredients in food. I believe that it could only set a positive precedent, one that would highlight how terribly unhealthy the American diet is.
I urge your to make these new labels a priority despite the pushback you have received from corporations. These labels would be good for people, and people are who the government serves, not corporations. Thank you in advance for your actions.
[Your Name Here]
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