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Consumer Group Urges FDA To Act On “Slack Fill”

April 5, 2010: 05:50 AM EST
The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CPSI), a US nutrition and food consumer group, is calling for the Food and Drug Administration to stop food companies selling food packages that contain a large proportion of air, a practice known as “slack fill”. Federal rules already exist to restrict slack fill to situations where air in the package is unavoidable – through settlement or to help protect the contents – but the CPSI believes that manufacturers are using it as a trick to make consumers think they are getting more for their money. The watchdog also argues that slack fill has an environmental cost, unnecessarily taking up space in shipping containers and trucks.
"CSPI Calls on FDA, State Attorneys General to Crack Down on “Slack Fill”", Center for Science in the Public Interest, April 05, 2010, © Center for Science in the Public Interest
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