The FDA held a hearing on September 16th about the “may contain” portion of its food labeling regulations. If you are like me, and you missed the public hearing, you can still submit a comment online.
You can comment here:
I believe that companies should be required to disclose all the ingredients of any product they sell. Car makers have to know what parts they put into their cars, why can food and drug companies get away with “spices” or “natural and artificial flavors”? I once called a drug company to find out more information about a specific listed ingredient (I wanted to know if it was corn-based) and was told that they had no way of knowing – that their suppliers just shipped them whatever was cheapest at the time, and they didn’t even know what they were using at any given point in time!
Under current FDA rules, something you think may be a raw ingredient (for example, a bag of flour purchased at the grocery store) may actually contain multiple ingredients (for example, malted barley flour, corn starch, chemicals) that may or may not be listed in the ingredient list on the label. This is compounded when the flour is made into bread and then sold. In the chain of manufacturers, essential information is lost.