The Food and Drug Administration issued warnings to the creators of Lipton tea and Canada Dry for overstating the health benefits of green tea-flavored drinks. In a letter to the makers of Canada Dry, the FDA stated that the beverage does not meet the federal standards to claim that the soda is “enhanced with 200 mg of antioxidants from green tea and vitamin C.” Regulars say that none of Canada Dry’s ingredients are know to have antioxidant activity.
The FDA is also calling out Unilever’s claim that Lipton Green Tea can treat high cholesterol. Unilever’s website cites four research studies that show a connection between tea and lower cholesterol, but the federal agency says these claims are misleading and suggest that tea can be used as a means of disease prevention.
The FDA approves health labels only after government researchers have vetted the claim. For example, they endorse the message “may reduce risk of heart disease” on products that contain oats. The FDA has recently been cracking down on exaggerated health claims. This summer the agency forced Nestlé to drop false claims about Boost Kid Essentials drink for children.