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Advocate takes issue with proposal to put warning labels on some foods

Canadian farm families don't have a seat at the dining room table when it comes to the country's healthy eating strategy, according to an advocate in Atlantic Canada.
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Canadian farm families don't have a seat at the dining room table when it comes to the country's healthy eating strategy, according to an advocate in Atlantic Canada.

He's taking issue with a proposal to put warning labels on foods high in saturated fat, sugar and sodium.

Ron Maynard says just because a food is high in fat, sugar or sodium, it doesn't mean it can't be nutritious.

He's been a dairy farmer for 30 years and is the vice president of the PEI Federation of Agriculture and a board member of Dairy Farmers of Canada.

He says warning labels on the front of food products don't tell the whole story, saying under these regulations, there would be a warning label on a box of chocolate milk, but not on a can of diet pop.

"The nutrition level that's in chocolate milk compared to what someone gets out of a diet soda, there's no comparison," said Maynard. "So the front-of-package labelling is going to confuse consumers more than it is now."

Whole milk would be exempt from these labels, but Maynard says slapping a warning on other dairy items could scare consumers away from their products.




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