In this environmentally conscious world, many consumers value a company that reduces packaging thus reducing the carbon footprint of their products. So, many companies are now aiming for less packaging and trying to avoid packages with a lot of empty space.
The federal Fair Packaging and Labeling Act protects consumers from the abuse of “slack fill” by companies, to some extent.
If you have a complaint about a food package with empty space, contact your state’s FDA complaint coordinator at http://www.fda.gov/Safety/ReportaProblem/ConsumerComplaintCoordinators/default.htm.
Visit the MissouriFamilies website for more information about nutrition and health.
Contributor: Ellen Schuster, M.S., R.D., Associate State Specialist, University of Missouri Extension, firstname.lastname@example.org, 573-882-1933