Nestle In Trouble Over Juicy Juice, Boost Drink Claims

Nestlé is making news over allegedly false claims it made regarding health benefits supposedly available in some of its Juicy Juice and Boost products, said Reuters.

According to Reuters, The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a letter on December 3, that says the yesterday saying that the food giant made what Reuters described as “unauthorized nutrient content claims,” for Juicy Juice Brain Development Fruit Juice Beverage (Apple), Juicy Juice All-Natural 100% Juice Orange Tangerine and Juicy Juice All-Natural 100% Juice Grape.

In another letter dated one day prior, the agency said Nestlé’s Boost Kid Essentials Nutritionally Complete Drink—which comes in vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry—was marketed as a <"">“medical food,” but was not in compliance for the requirements needed to make such a claim, said Reuters.

This is not the first time in recent days that Nestlé and Juicy Juice, have been in the news. We have long been following the issue of bisphenol A—BPA—a toxic, estrogenic compound being present in food packaging and a wide array of consumer and children’s products. Earlier this month, FoxNews noted that some canned foods found to be containing BPA included some products in which labeling indicated that the cans were BPA-free. The highest levels of the toxin were seen in Del Monte Fresh Cut Green Beans Blue Lake, Progresso Vegetable Soup, and Campbell’s Condensed Chicken Soup, as well as in Similac Advance Infant Formula and canned Nestlé Juicy Juice.

Developed in the 1930s, BPA—originally used as a hormone replacement, appears to wreak havoc on the body’s’ endocrine system. In urine tests, BPA is found in the overwhelming majority of Americans, including newborns and has been connected to increased risks of brain, reproductive, cardiac, and immune system diseases and disorders; problems with liver function testing; interruptions in chemotherapy treatment; and links with serious health problems.

Studies have overwhelmingly found BPA to have negative effects at doses lower than current FDA standards; retention in the body longer than first thought; leeching into liquids held in containers regardless of the containers’ temperature; and longer lasting damage, which may be passed to future generations. High levels of exposure to BPA have been linked to erectile dysfunction and other sexual problems in males.

Earlier this year, Nestlé made other news when officials at a Nestle USA facility in Virginia legally refused, on several occasions, to allow FDA officials access to certain records during inspections, according to the Wall Street Journal. Of significant importance regarding this refusal is that the Nestlé facility in Danville, Virginia produced Toll House cookie dough that was implicated in a multi-state outbreak of the dangerous—sometimes deadly—E. coli O157:H7 pathogen.

According to The Wall Street Journal, during some inspections over the past five years, officials at the Nestlé plant in Danville refused to allow the FDA to look at records relating to issues like pest control. For instance, in 2006 an FDA inspector was not permitted access to consumer complaints, and was not able to inspect the facilities food contamination prevention program. During that inspection, dirty equipment and “three live ant-like insects” were noted, but these weren’t enough to give the facility a failing grade, the Journal said.

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