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Why don't nutrition labels accurately reflect Mineral and Vitamin Content?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created December 31, 2012 at 11:58 PM

Why don't nutrition labels have reflect what's on the websites and peoples references like nutritiondata.self?

For example the almonds I eat don't list anything about Vitamin E or Magnesium in them?

According to http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/nut-and-seed-products/3085/2:

1 cup of almonds has 255 mg of magnesium (64% DV) and 24.9 mg of vitamin E (125% DV) and many other vitamins and minerals, but my almonds with just added sea salt just list Calcium (15% DV) and Iron (15%).

The same goes with steaks which a NY has 13 mg (65% DV) of Niacin and 55 mcg (79% DV) of selenium along with many other vitamins and minerals, none of which are on the nutrition facts.

A5127d60bca783084f191f38ffa357a6

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on January 02, 2013
at 06:17 AM

Sweet thanks, I tried searching but maybe my particular wording didnt bring anything up

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

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on January 01, 2013
at 01:27 AM

Found this with a quick Google search: http://pennstatehershey.adam.com/content.aspx?productId=117&pid=1&gid=002459

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

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on January 01, 2013
at 12:26 AM

To your first question: It isn't required. It saves costs. They don't want to. To your second question: Why not nose around on the FDA's site and look it up? I found what I posted in a matter of minutes. I missed the fact that it was specifically for flour, but I'll bet the other information is there.

A5127d60bca783084f191f38ffa357a6

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on January 01, 2013
at 12:17 AM

Oh yea and that quote was in response to "flour", but I'm assuming the first sentence applies to labels for all foods?

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on January 01, 2013
at 12:14 AM

Do you have a reason to why the companies don't list the other ones, does it save cost on testing? It seems like it would make the product sell more

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61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

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on January 01, 2013
at 12:07 AM

In the states:

Generally, FDA only requires that the label declare the vitamins A and C, and the minerals calcium and iron. The other enrichment vitamins and minerals must be declared when they are added directly to the packaged food (e.g., enriched bread), but not when the enriched product is added as an ingredient to another food. NOTE: It is necessary to declare the other vitamins and minerals in the ingredient list. However, if unenriched flour is used, and the enrichment nutrients are added separately, those nutrients (i.e., thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, and folic acid) would have to be declared on the Nutrition Facts label. 21 CFR 101.9(c)(8)(ii)(A)-(B) and 21 CFR 101.9(c)(8)(iv)

Found on http://www.fda.gov/Food/GuidanceComplianceRegulatoryInformation/GuidanceDocuments/FoodLabelingNutrition/FoodLabelingGuide/ucm064894.htm

A5127d60bca783084f191f38ffa357a6

(687)

on January 01, 2013
at 12:14 AM

Do you have a reason to why the companies don't list the other ones, does it save cost on testing? It seems like it would make the product sell more

A5127d60bca783084f191f38ffa357a6

(687)

on January 01, 2013
at 12:17 AM

Oh yea and that quote was in response to "flour", but I'm assuming the first sentence applies to labels for all foods?

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

(11058)

on January 01, 2013
at 01:27 AM

Found this with a quick Google search: http://pennstatehershey.adam.com/content.aspx?productId=117&pid=1&gid=002459

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

(11058)

on January 01, 2013
at 12:26 AM

To your first question: It isn't required. It saves costs. They don't want to. To your second question: Why not nose around on the FDA's site and look it up? I found what I posted in a matter of minutes. I missed the fact that it was specifically for flour, but I'll bet the other information is there.

A5127d60bca783084f191f38ffa357a6

(687)

on January 02, 2013
at 06:17 AM

Sweet thanks, I tried searching but maybe my particular wording didnt bring anything up

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