In our pledge to change school lunches to make them more nutritional, we uncovered so much more that was of concern. Not only are people unaware of what ingredients are in the school foods that our kids are eating, but are also unaware of what they are consuming.
We have tried to work with the school systems, but there are many challenges, which prevent implementing many of the necessary positive changes. Cost and labor are just two of the challenges that are taken into consideration when making school food choices. Interestingly recent information has received much media attention concerning non-disclosed ingredients, like “pink slime”. These ingredients are present in the food not only served to children in school, but also in supermarket meats, but yet these ingredients are not listed on any label. In addition to school foods, foods sold in hospitals, restaurants as well as any food for sale in a retail store, need to have ALL nutritional and ingredient information readily available for the consumer. The only way to accomplish this goal is to petition the FDA and USDA to ensure that ALL nutritional information and EVERY ingredient that is in the food sold in the US is placed on the label of that product. Full disclosure is what we demand and deserve wherever food items are offered for sale. Since parents are not with their children when they buy lunch at school, a regulation needs to include full disclosure of ALL ingredients and nutritional information on school lunch menus, so parents can make informed decisions for their children prior to them buying the food.
At a time when the childhood obesity and type II diabetes rates are rising, and overall healthcare has become a concern, it is time that we all know what is in our food so that we can make educated decisions for ourselves and our families. Although the FDA and/or USDA may consider it safe, it still needs to be on the label. If you want to STOP this “secret” practice of partial disclosure that exists today then sign this petition and have your voice heard!
Tell the FDA and USDA that we, the consumer, have the right to know EVERYTHING that is in our food by making it mandatory that ALL ingredients and nutritional information be listed on food product labels in retail stores and visibly listed on food menus at restaurants, hospitals and schools.
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