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Florida Leaders Say Diet Foods are 'Massive Fraud' on Consumers

Calling it a "massive fraud" perpetrated against consumers, a Florida state senator and the state's Agriculture and Consumer Services commissioner on Tuesday said that all 67 products sampled in a sweep of area diet food shops had inaccurate or illegal labels.

The findings were an indictment of the burgeoning diet food industry, which has a particularly large presence in South Florida. National, regional and local products were represented on the list of misbranded products - some with grossly misstated figures on their "Nutrition Facts" panels.

The survey also demonstrated how widespread errors on food labels can be. State Sen. Steven Geller, D-Hallandale Beach, who urged a study of the diet products, said some of the mistakes were too great to be considered simple errors.

"When I say massive fraud, in many respects it's worse than the typical fraud that affects people's pocketbooks," Geller said at a news conference. "What we have uncovered is affecting the life and health of people here in South Florida.
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