On Wednesday, The Sugar Association filed a petition FDA Citizen Petition asking the agency to require complete and accurate labeling of low- and no-calorie sweeteners on food packages, and calling for action that the association said will extend labeling transparency, end misleading practices and help consumers make more informed decisions.
On Thursday, the Calorie Control Council, an international association that has represented the low- and reduced-calorie food and beverage industry since 1966 — provided the following response to Food Manufacturing:
"The Calorie Control Council is conducting a thorough review of the Sugar Association’s petition to the US Food and Drug Administration regarding the labeling of low- and no- calorie sweeteners (LNCS).
As one of the many tools to combat obesity and diabetes, LNCS help consumers reduce added sugars, reduce calories, and assist in management of weight and blood sugar. Like other ingredients, LNCS are required to be included on the ingredient list of product labels of all foods and beverages, allowing consumers to determine whether a product contains a particular sweetener.
The American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Heart Association, alongside countless other health authorities, have warned against health risks of excess consumption of added sugars including childhood and adolescent obesity, dental decay, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, dyslipidemia, insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes mellitus, fatty liver disease and all-cause mortality. Low- and no- calorie sweeteners are a safe and effective alternative to added sugars."
The CCC noted that its staff includes experts certified in public health, food and nutrition.