As if studying product labels to keep tabs on calories, carbs and fat grams wasn't painful enough, now dieters have this to worry about: one bakery's "goodies that taste good without being bad" are actually quite naughty, after all.
Clifton, N.J.-based Butterfly Bakery promises careful eaters that its sugar-free, no-sugar-added and gluten-free baked goods "will turn your dietary restriction into a dietary indulgence."
An indulgence, indeed: on Wednesday, the Food and Drug Administration said that tests on samples of Butterfly Bakery products showed that foods labeled as "sugar free" had sugar and that claims about sugar and fat content were false and misleading -- and that the agency obtained a consent decree that effectively shut down operations at the company "for unlawfully distributing mislabeled food products, such as muffins and snack cakes."
Problems with the goodies had been ongoing for years. According to a warning letter issued by the agency in 2011, analysis in FDA laboratories showed that a Butterfly Bakery product called "No Sugar Added Blueberry Muffins" had 170% more saturated and unsaturated fat than the label purported (9.44 grams, as opposed to 3.5 grams) , that another product called "Sugar Free Double Chocolate Chip Muffins" also had far more fat than labeled, and that neither goodie properly warned consumers about the presence of a milk product, sodium caseinate, in the recipe. Serving sizes were mislabeled as well.