Consumers misled by food labels


May 12, 2010 2:18:03 PM PDT
The Institute of Medicine says U.S. consumers are being misled by the health claims made on the packaging of foods and supplements.

It says those claims do not undergo the same scientific rigor required for such claims on medications.

For example, a box of cereal that proclaims the breakfast food will lower your cholesterol has not had to pass the same government standards as the claims on the packaging of a cholesterol lowering drug.

The group is asking the FDA to beef up its oversight and have the same basic scientific standard for all products.