The Federal Government's Federal Trade Commission is responsible for regulating many aspects of business including farms and farming. They are especially concerned about agricultural companies, farmers and ranchers. The Federal Trade Commission also regulates the food processing industry in general as well as the beverage and tobacco industries.
The Federal Trade Commission works with other governmental agencies to ensure that the law is being followed in all types of business activities. The laws that have been implemented to regulate the dairy and egg industry have resulted in more regulations for the poultry industry.
The Federal Trade Commission, in conjunction with the Agriculture Department, Farm Bureau, Consumer Product Safety Commission, and FDA have adopted many rules to protect consumers from fraud. In addition to requiring that a farmer produce a complete disclosure statement when they are providing any type of dairy or egg products to their customers the FFC has also made it illegal to misrepresent the safety or quality of products that are not labeled as “genuine” and also makes it illegal to sell to a child under the age of 16. All farmers have to prove that they have followed federal guidelines to ensure the health and safety of children. Another rule that the FFC has implemented requires that all children under the age of six eat only pasteurized eggs or only have two percent of any egg white in their diet.
The new regulations have brought the Food and Drug Administration in closer coordination with the Federal Trade Commission. With the new regulations in place it is now illegal to advertise for and sell any kind of hormone-based product, including male steroids. It is also illegal to claim that your products are “all natural” on their label.
It is also illegal to mislead customers by using terms such as “all-natural” without actually saying “all-natural” on the label. The words “natural”grain” are also prohibited on the labels of products containing meat or poultry.
There are a lot of products out there that claim to be natural but really aren't. If a food does not say “all-natural” it is not necessarily natural. To find out what exactly is in your food take a good look at the ingredients label before you buy any food.
Many of the foods that are labeled as “all-natural” are actually just high fructose corn syrup that is added to processed foods. You are also able to find a large number of foods that are actually very high in sodium.
As far as the Federal Trade Commission is concerned, they are not in the business of “warning” consumers against purchasing certain types of food. They are in the business of regulating. In order to do this, the industry must follow all applicable guidelines to ensure the proper handling of the various products and labeling.