Council Reacts to FDA Baby Food Label Requirements

by William Lilley on October 13, 1976
by William Lilley

Proposed regulations by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requiring percentage ingredient labeling of baby food were the subject of a filing today by the Council on Wage and Price Stability (Council). Supporting the concept of improved information for consumers, the Council called attention to several difficulties in FDA’s rules and urged that evidence of additional benefits from the proposed method of ingredient labeling be considered and balanced with the extra costs of meeting the proposed standards.

In a discussion of the filing, William Lilley III, Acting Director of the Council, stated: “We support FDA’s concern for an economic approach to baby food labeling. However, we hope they recognize the statistical
difficulties presented in measuring and labeling ingredients. It is just not possible to have a system of minimum percentages for all ingredients in a multi-ingredient package. There has to be some downward variation. Our information is preliminary, but we are asking FDA to allow producers to label on a least cost basis. We believe competition in the industry
should be recognized and used to serve the consumer.”

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