Does our Legal System Promote and Protect Public Health? Views from the Science, Industry, and Consumer Perspectives
What is it about?
As Summit attendees have heard, the food industry is under a
litigation microscope these days, with many class action lawsuits
over advertising and labeling claims. A great deal of this litigation
is driven by industry’s desire to meet consumer demand for
healthy nutrition, functional foods, and specific health benefits.
Companies describe their products as “natural” or tout that
they contain antioxidants or probiotics. Then litigation ensues
on the premise that the manufacturer has said something that
wasn’t true, or was true but could not be expected to confer
a benefit. This roundtable will examine what effects litigation
might have on innovation, the economic viability of products
conferring health benefits, public health, and how to balance
scientific uncertainty with consumer’s interests in novel and