Friday, May 16, 2003

Smucker's 100% Fruit is Less Than 50% Fruit

San Jose Mercury News AP -- The Center for Science in the Public Interest, a Washington-based consumer interest group, is asking for the FDA to require Smucker's to change the name of its product or include more accurate information on its labels.

The group, known for exposing hidden fat in Chinese food and movie theater popcorn, claims that Smucker's strawberry fruit spread is made 30 percent of strawberries and 70 percent of fruit syrup. The blueberry spread contains 43 percent fruit, it said.

The ingredients for Smucker's fruit spread came from products sold in Thailand, one of 18 countries that require the percentages of major ingredients to be listed on the label, said Bruce Silverglade, the center's director of legal affairs.

"It doesn't seem fair for an American company to provide consumers in another country with better ingredient information than they provide to consumers here at home," Silverglade said.

Brenda Dempsey, a spokeswoman for Smucker's in Orrville, Ohio, said the company doesn't disclose ingredient percentages unless required by law.

Say it ain't so, Smuu!

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