Problem

Commercially exploitative food labelling

Other Names:
Profiteering by drug classification
Nature:
Some foods have medicinal properties. If they are sold as foods, they are usually available at a reasonable price from numerous merchants. If they are sold as drugs, they are sold only by pharmaceutical companies at inflated prices.

The consequences of classifying a food as a drug are formal testing of its medicinal properties by a regulatory agency, and standardization of its labels to include legally required information about the medicinal contents, their effects and side-effects, and the recommended dosage.

Broader Problems:
Profiteering
Price fixing
Problem Type:
G: Very specific problems
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 2: Zero Hunger
Date of last update
03.06.1999 – 00:00 CEST