Here’s a twist on labeling issues — sparkling wines masquerading as champagne.
“In December 2006, Congress passed legislation banning the future misuse of 16 wine place names, including Champagne. While that was a step in the right direction, the legislation did not address the grandfathering of labels currently misusing Champagne’s name and that of 15 other international wine regions,” the Office of Champagne explains in their official press release.
As a supporter of stricter regulations on food labeling, I empathize.
My most pressing food labeling issue? Trans fats.
Rather than allowing foods containing less than 0.5 grams of trans fat per serving to be advertised as “0 grams of trans fat,” I propose they be labeled as “less than 0.5 grams of trans fat per serving” and, below that, include the following statement: “NOT a trans fat-free food.”
Gets the message across more clearly, don’t you think?