I was looking at grabbing a pack of Nabisco fig newtons the other day as i like to carry em along on rides. I check the nutrition label and it had something like 0.3 gm trans fat per couple of cookies. I thought damn thats quit a bit so I skipped picking them up, and got some made with whole grain pastry instead, at about 60% increased cost too.
So then I'm killing time one night and decided to check the labeling online. The American Nabisco site lists them as either 0 grams trans fat, or doesnt list trans fat at all. American food producers are only required to list trans fat if its over 0.5 grams per serving. So companies just lower their serving size till the trans fat is 0.49 or less, then they can state 0 trans fat. Like dorritoes and others do.
Canadian regulations state a company must disclose it when the level is 0.2 or greater. So i go visit the canadian site, and they somehow forgot to include nutritional information for fig newtons. I live in canada so thats why the actual package had to state trans fat in the store. Funny how the sites managed to post zero trans fat for their new whole grain ones though.
Amazing at how companies will do things to basically lie to consumers. Reducing serving size till trans fat is below .49 seems common. I seen microwave popcorn listed at 8 servings per bag in order to show low values. Who shares 1 microwave bag with 8 people ?
Canadian laws are a bit more strict, but why do they always do half assed measures. If trans fat is the killer they say it is, and recomend zero intake, why did they give companies an out when they institute new labeling laws. Now it'll be another 20 years before they make them state any amount.
Ok mini rant over anyone got fig newtons in their cupboard that list transfat ?