We all see them: the claims on front-of-package food labels — things like “gluten-free” or “GMO-free” or “no added hormones.” Many of us use these labels to make choices about the foods we buy. But did you know they often are just marketing ploys used by food manufacturers to scare you into choosing their product over another brand? These misleading and sometimes even deceptive labels highlight something obvious, unhelpful or at worst, untruthful, about their product – all in an effort to capitalize on consumer fear to sell more product.
With an average of 40,000 items in each grocery store, we can’t possibly monitor them all. That’s why we need you. The next time you see one of these deceptive, fear-based marketing tactics while grocery shopping, help us spread the word by taking a photo and sharing it using #PeelBackTheLabel on Facebook or Twitter!
We’ll continue to update and share some of the worst offenders here: