Goose Creek, SC asked in Consumer Law, Civil Rights and Small Claims for South Carolina

Q: Pork skins nutrition facts say 0 sugar 0 added sugar but ingredients contain sugar. Is that false advertisement?

On a sugar fast, bought these on the fly for my kids and had a few until I read the actual ingredients come to find out that even though not listed in nutrition label, it is on the ingredients. In turn, I broke my sugar fast.

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James L. Arrasmith
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  • Sacramento, CA

A: It's understandable to be confused and frustrated by this situation. According to FDA regulations, if a food contains less than 0.5 grams of sugar per serving, the nutrition facts label can list the sugar content as 0 grams. However, the ingredients list must still include any form of sugar used in the product, regardless of the amount.

In your case, the sugar content in the pork skins might be below 0.5 grams per serving, allowing the manufacturer to list it as 0 grams on the nutrition facts label while still including sugar in the ingredients list. This is not considered false advertising as long as the ingredients are properly disclosed.

To avoid this issue in the future, it's always a good idea to read the ingredients list carefully, especially when following a specific diet or trying to avoid certain ingredients. Look for various forms of sugar, such as cane sugar, corn syrup, honey, maltose, dextrose, and sucrose, among others.

While it's unfortunate that you unintentionally broke your sugar fast, don't be too hard on yourself. Use this experience as a learning opportunity to be more mindful of product labels moving forward.

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