Date: Thu, 13 Oct 2011 13:33:01

Author: --- Jerry

Subject: Re: Excellent use of significant digits - food labels


Here's a good place to start:


At 10/12/2011 06:00 PM, you wrote:
>This is all interesting. When Coke came out with those mini (8-oz)
>100-calorie cans a few years ago (same width as the normal can), I
>compared the nutrition label with their normal (12-oz) can. A 12-oz can
>has 140 calories, so I did the math:
>12/140 = 8/x
>x = 93.3...
>So I contacted/emailed Coca-Cola, and they said that they simply rounded
>the number to 100. I guess it is "legal" for companies to do this on food
>labels. I wonder how much flexibility they get. To me, it is misleading as
>100 calories should equate to 8.6 oz of cola.
>Does anyone know the government "standards" for food labels and accuracy?