Corporations Caught Misrepresenting Caloric Information

January 7, 2010 at 7:07 pm 2 comments

An astonishing story published today by Associated Press revealing that several corporations have been misrepresenting the actual caloric content of their foods. Among the restaurants caught fudging are Ruby Tuesday and Wendy’s and several frozen food producers including Lean Cuisine and Weight Watchers have been exposed as well.  This again raises concerns about the leadership at the USDA, to government agency charged with insuring that nutritional information is accurate.

From AP writers Michael Hill, Sue Manning, & Caryn Rousseau:

Dieters can’t believe everything they read: The food at many popular chain restaurants and in the freezer section of the supermarket may contain a lot more calories than advertised.

A study of 10 chain restaurants, including Wendy’s and Ruby Tuesday, found that the number of calories in 29 meals or other menu items was an average of 18 percent higher than listed.

And frozen supermarket meals from Lean Cuisine, Weight Watchers, Healthy Choice and South Beach Living had 8 percent more calories than the labels said, according to the study, published in this month’s Journal of the American Dietetic Association.

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2 Comments

  • 1. erik  |  January 8, 2010 at 1:08 pm

    Ruby Tuesday is by far the Worst Offender on the list,especially when it comes to telling the truth about the product R.T.I. uses,the way it is prepared,the way it is presented and what kind of calories a guest might consume.How do i know?Employee over 12 years with this Company 2009,That’s how I know.At best the entire menu fare “Is Freshly Thawed”,Meats,veggies almost every product used “Not Fresh”in”Fact Frozen”Talking Calories,give me a break,go into ant ruby tuesday in the world,call the manager on duty,ask him about calories.The Guest will get either a Blank Stare or better yet,”Yes Sir,let me get our “Smart Eater Menu filled with entirely false information”RT concept is very notorious in misrepresentations almost everything they advertise is false.

    • 2. wannabetvchef  |  January 8, 2010 at 1:21 pm

      Sadly, this is the case with virtually all corporate chains. Any illusions they make to being healthy or customer oriented are just that, illusions. For more information on this subject check out my three-part series on the corporate restaurant industry, Goodbye, Ruby Tuesday.


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