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FDA Warns Makers Of Green Tea Beverages About Health Claims On Labels

September 7, 2010: 07:06 AM EST
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has warned the Dr. Pepper Snapple Group and Unilever about making unsubstantiated nutritional and health claims about Canada Dry Sparkling Green Tea Ginger Ale and Lipton Green Tea. FDA told Dr. Pepper Snapple that it is inappropriate “to fortify snack foods such as carbonated beverages" and Green Tea Ginger Ale doesn’t qualify to make the claim that it is "enhanced with 200 mg of antioxidants from green tea and vitamin C." FDA rules state that the ingredients in Canada Dry's drink "are not nutrients with recognized antioxidant activity." Likewise, FDA told Unilever that mentioning four studies on the cholesterol-lowering effect of green tea mentioned on its Web site mislead consumers because they imply treatment or prevention of disease.
Matthew Perrone, "FDA cites claims on 2 green tea beverages", Yahoo! News, September 07, 2010, © Associated Press
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