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Caitlin - posted on 12/22/2010 ( 33 moms have responded )

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I can't believe the warnings they have on foods today. I picked up a pack of jelly belly jelly beans for my cousin who is deployed in afghanistan right now, a little treat for him and I was reading the box.. Under the ingredients it warns you "may have adverse effect on childrens attention span" (or something very close to that, the box is across the room right now)..

Seriously? Do we really need to know that feeding our kids sugar will make them hyper? Are we that stupid (and if we are why do they think we'd bother reading the box)?

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It's like driving over the median on the highway. You'd think everyone would know that's gonna fuck up your car, but there are people who do it and that's why the signs are there.

Plus, people are so sue-happy these days that they can be complete idiots with something and hurt themselves severely and if it doesn't already say not to do whatever the hell they did on the label they'll try to get it in a court so they can get some quick cash.

Good ole recalls, haha.

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Jenn - posted on 12/23/2010

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@Jodi A. - will, I did say a mountain of broccoli - I would think that would be a shitload LOL! Sorry, didn't see you say that earlier - I guess in SOME kids it can cause hyperactivity - but not all or even most kids as a lot of people believe.

Jackie - posted on 12/23/2010

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The companies have to put these stupid warnings on the packaging because people are so "sue" happy! Like the McDonalds cups... They have to put that on there because some stupid lady went through the drive through and got a cup of coffee and spilled in her lap and sued the pants of of them because she didn't know how hot it would be. She got MILLIONS for that!



Companies have to cover their asses so in reality, it's not the companies that are stupid, they're actually really smart for protecting themselves against the stupid people in the world that would, maybe, have an allergic reaction to PEANUT BUTTER because it wasn't posted on the label that it contains PEANUTS! Gah!

Caitlin - posted on 12/23/2010

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Ya, tobacco products here are hidden as well in cabinets, they cannot be displayed.. we are pretty ahead of the times here I think (and smoking is banned in all public buildings) YAY!

Jodi - posted on 12/23/2010

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" If you ate a mountain of broccoli, the excess calories would turn into fat."



OMG, that would have to be a SHITLOAD of broccolli!!!



And Jenn, as I said, sugar DOES trigger hyperactivity in SOME people because of the release of adrenalin that is caused by the sudden increase in the blood sugar levels.

Jenn - posted on 12/23/2010

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@Jodi A. - our cigarettes have to be hidden as well (I live in Ontario Canada).

@Caitlin - true that if unused it will convert to fat - but that could be said of ANY excess calories not just sugar. If you ate a mountain of broccoli, the excess calories would turn into fat.

@Emma - some people don't realize that sugar goes NOT cause hyperactivity.

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More than likely its from tighter regulations through organizations like the fda, or the government. Enforcing companys to tell people whats actually in the products and the adverse effects it does cause. Kind of like the smoking labels. Or the labels on alcohol.

Pretty sure when they do label all of these products that have cancer causing ingredients, or just side effects, people will actually think twice about buying it. Like shampoo or something, if you picked it up and it said "has ingredients known to cause cancer" your less likely to buy it. This is just a small step.

Stifler's - posted on 12/22/2010

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That's probably true too Jaime, people would use the excuse that there was no warning to sue the company.

Jodi - posted on 12/22/2010

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By the time the US has those labels, I'd say Australia will have plain packaging (no branding, only warning labels). We already have a system where no tobacco products can be displayed - they have to be hidden.

Mrs. - posted on 12/22/2010

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The website says that the US will follow in 2012 with the cig labels. Perhaps I should start a thread about that.

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I can't believe that the cigarette lables have only been in effect from 2006 in Aus. Thats diappointing.
We must be following the canadians lead on that one.

Caitlin - posted on 12/22/2010

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ya, I love those "A Fat Free Food" notation on gummy bears... Like, anyone who knows nutrition knows that the unused energy from sugar CONVERTS to fat in our bodies to store for later.. gah.. stupid..

Stifler's - posted on 12/22/2010

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Haha I think they are necessary. Especially ones about sugar in lollies, some people don't realise it causes hyperactivity and are mislead by "99.9% fat free" and other such gimmicks on those packets.

Caitlin - posted on 12/22/2010

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Lol.. I've heard of a jar of peanut butter having a warning that says "may contain peanuts" - I sure as hell hope so!

I know there's got to be a list out there, but seriously.. If you dont know feeding you kid makes them hyper (even without aany dyes or whatever) you should seriously get your head checked..

Jodi - posted on 12/22/2010

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I think because of Homer, they probably now have warnings on a LOT of things :)

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Reminds me of the Simpsons episode, I think it was 'Homer loves Flanders':

Kent Brockman: Springfield has come down with a fever: football fever. If you have the fever, there's only one cure. Take 2 tickets, and see the game Sunday morning.
Public Service Announcer: Warning. Tickets should NOT be taken internally.
Homer: See? Because of me, now they have a warning.

Jodi - posted on 12/22/2010

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@ Jenn, excess sugar does cause hyperactivity in some kids (it is because the rapid increase in blood sugar levels can trigger and adrenalin response). But additives can cause it too. Depends on the kid.

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Warning sign on an iron - "Do not iron while wearing clothing"!
What? So you are supposed to do all your ironing naked? Cool.

I have to agree that there is a whole lot of stupid out there and these warning signs are great, even if they don't save someone from an act of stupidity at least they minimise the resulting litigation tying up our courts. The majority of the warnings probably come about because someone actually did do what they are warning you not to.

I also think it is probably not the sugar 'link' to hyperactivity/attention span (which has been debunked by a few studies now) that they are warning against, but the lesser known effect of the artificial colours, flavours and preservatives in the product.

Barb - posted on 12/22/2010

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The frozen pizza boxes tell you not to eat the pizza while still frozen. ;) ~ Teresa

And to remove the plastic before heating the frozen pizza.

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@Jenn, I know a lady who's son DID iron his shirt whilst he was wearing it. She was an idiot so it made perfect sense that her kid would be too.

It's just companies covering their arses because sadly, people are STUPID.

Jenn - posted on 12/22/2010

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Warning sign on an iron - "Do not iron while wearing clothing"! Here's your sign! LOL!!!! Oh - and I'm someone who doesn't think that sugar causes hyperactivity and I'm pretty sure that's a proven fact.

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I don't think they are talking about the sugar. The dyes in candy cause issues with childrens attention spans. I thing its a kick ass idea on getting the word out.

Jodi - posted on 12/22/2010

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You HAVE been trolling some of the other communities lately haven't you? There is no cure for stupid. So they have preventative measures in place these days.

Tara - posted on 12/22/2010

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I agree that some labels are down right stupid. I found a label on my new hair dryer that tells you not to use it underwater. It also tells you not to use it while standing in the rain.
Some labels are good though. See my next post.
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Kate CP - posted on 12/22/2010

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Oh, I love the "Remove outer wrapping before consuming" warnings. ;)

Kate CP - posted on 12/22/2010

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Does it really say that on the jelly beans? I haven't bought jelly beans in ages so I don't know but that's just dumb. :P

Amanda - posted on 12/22/2010

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Yes it's just their friendly little reminder!! A lot of things will have some of the dumbest warnings on them like come on we're not ALL idiots! But you can bet there are a few out there!

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Kinda along the same lines as when McDonalds had to start putting "Warning! Contents HOT!" on their coffee lids. Well duhhhhhh.....

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