Food Fight

A consumers' group squeezes fruit-juice makers for more information

When does mixing apple juice and grape juice yield cherry juice? Simple: When the manufacturer says it does. So complains the Center for Science in the Public Interest, a consumer group that is pressing the Food and Drug Administration for rules requiring companies to reveal on labels the percentages of various juices in their fruit-juice blends.

Last week the group released a survey of leading brands showing that the ingredients now imprecisely listed on the backs of labels do not add up to the claims made on their fronts. "Manufacturers are cheating consumers by passing off what is mostly apple and...

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