Is That New Bill Going to Put a Stop to This?

Bolthouse Farms has a beverage line that I would call smoothies but they call “vitamin and mineral blend to support good health.” In fact I think they used to be called smoothies on the label. I’m looking at the “Perfectly Protein Mocha Cappuccino” and it looks like in order to evade having to put the nutritional info on the container, they have somehow classified this sweet, milky drink as some kind of medicine. Check this out:

DIRECTIONS: Adults take 240ml two times a day. CAUTION: Take a few hours before or after taking other medication.

Then it lists the “Medicinal Ingredients” (vitamin C, B6, B12, Calcium, Magnesium, Zinc, Iron) in various quantities) and then the “Non-medicinal ingredients” like milk and coffee and cocoa and apple juice from concentrate.

So nowhere on the container does it say how many calories or carbohydrates are in the drink, apparently under the pretense of being a “health product.” This is the kind of B.S. that I hope the C-51 bill will put a stop to.

See also Coca-Cola’s “Nestea Vitao (info cut and pasted from wikipedia):”

Due to labeling regulations, the bottling agency does not have to include a nutritional listing on the side of the beverage containers due to them being “Natural Health Products”. After consulting with a Coca-Cola Customer Service Representative, these health drinks contain the following nutritional information:
Nutritional Information of Nestea Vitao (per can):
Green Tea: 90 Calories, 25 g Carbs, 25 g Sugar, 60 mg Sodium