Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona on June 18, 1970 · Page 101
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Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona · Page 101

Phoenix, Arizona
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Thursday, June 18, 1970
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ALL EDITIONS Phoenix, Thurs., June 18,1970 The Arizona Republic 69 Agency dispute reveals secrets of 'diet' foods Consumer Contact By ARTHUR E. ROUSE WASHINGTON - An unpublicized dispute between two federal agencies is beginning to reveal information that few people probably know about so-called diet foods. The disagreement is between the Federal Trade Commission and the Food and Drug Administration over labeling information for canned fruits and vegetables after September 1 when cyclamates will no longer be allowed as artificial sweeteners without a warning saying: "For use only by diabetics or obese patients under medical supervision." In effect, this labeling considers such products drugs that require prescriptions but have not passed drug requirements for safety and effectiveness and are available for purchase by anyone at supermarkets. If this apparent contradiction is not cleared up, the result will be to allow food processors to continue selling cyclamate-sweetened food products to the general public despite the ban on cyclamate-sweetened soft drinks and other products. If you think this is confusing, consider what the FDA wants to require for products containing a mixture of sugar and other artificial sweeteners such as saccharin. The agency would require "diet" food products containing such a combination of sweeteners to have .no more than 50 per cent of the calories the same product would have without artificial sweeteners. But such a reduction of cal- ories is unattainable, say both the National Canners Association and the FTC, because of the amount of sugar already in the fruit or vegetable. Said the FTC to the FDA: "A 50 per cent reduction cannot ordinarily be achieved for a canned fruit which is packed in a solution of artificial and nutritive sweeteners (sugar) . . . because of the caloric addition of sugar or other nutritive sweetener." The Canners Association said that it is possible to reduce calories by 25 per cent, but a 50 per cent requirement "would effectively preclude the packing of those products that it is supposedly designed to make possible." What this all means to consumers is that foods labeled as "diet" Hems do not have to meet any commonly recog- nized standard or have any specific reduction in calories. Few diabetics would be confused by the word, but many other consumers might be. The situation also illustrates what can happen when a government agency — FDA in this case — bows to industry pressure and softens its decision to safeguard the public from potentially harmful additives and require labels to be more informative. A GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY TO SAVE! STARTS THURSDAY! Semiannual sate of bras and girdles Save $ L51 on soft shaper! -MAGIC CROSS" BRA GIVES YOU PRETTY CURVES NATURALLY REGULARLY 3.50 Now's your chance to have your favorite shaper at Wards super savingsl Sleek "Magic Cross' 7 style has stretch straps that meet in front for natural separation, uplift. Nylon- polyester-cotton cups; soft stretch sides and back of nylon-Lycra® spandex. In A32-38; B32-40; C34-40. Come in today for a free figure analysis. D-cup, reg. 3.99 SQlG ••••••••• 2.69 SAVE AT WARDS LOW PRICES USE WARDS CHARG-ALL PLAN #11341-2-3 MORE GREAT SHARERS AT BIG SAVINGS NOW! Save *3! Big special on care-free culottes and shifts GEOMETRIC PRINTS ARE DESIGNED FOR MINIMUM CAREI--SAVE NOW m-, — ^ *-i in ^v^ v> !9 •\ #11871-2-3 #8365 #8351 Reg. 7.99 lively/ free 'n easy culotte- dresses in light and bright cotton, cottons with polyester or acetate. Misses' and junior sizes, All great values at Wards! HURRY AND SAVE $ 2 NOW ON THE FIRM-HOLD TUMMY-TRIM GIRDLES Choose average length lace leg style or long leg innerband panty girdles in comfort-stretch nylon-spandex. Give your tummy, thighs and hips that sleek look. Both in sizes S,M,L, XL WARDS "LIVE-IN-EASE" STRETCH BRA FOR SUPERB FIT... *1 SAVINGS NOW Fine stretch nylon-spandex ' back, sides, "breathe" with you for soft comfort. Sizes A32-36; B, C32-40, Regular 4,990 cup ..3.69 REGULARLY 3.99 THOMAS MALL CMEHS-T0WM MARYVALf FOOTHILl i i. ' i-i., i I VJiJ ' *HOI» »i 30 MOMOAV &A.T utt B a v by

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