(Conservative Review) -- What do you think the term "skim milk" means? To me, it seems to have a fairly obvious meaning. You take milk, skim most of the fat off, and violá! Skim milk. Unfortunately, the Florida agricultural authorities have a different idea. The Ocheesee Creamery discovered this when they tried to market what I and most normal people would consider to be skim milk under the label “Pasteurized Skim Milk. No Vitamin A Added.” While that seems pretty straightforward to me, the authorities weren’t happy.
You see, most skim milk has added Vitamin A to replace what is lost in the process of removing the fat. Skim milk without added Vitamin A is lot more like milky water, at least in nutritional content. Which is fine. If people want to drink milky water, I don’t see why they should be prevented from doing so.
These sort of food labeling laws, which have long been an interest of mine, straddle the line between fraud prevention and special interest protection. On the one hand, it’s entirely sensible to prevent companies from lying to their customers, especially in ways that might harm consumers.
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