Apparently, it doesn’t matter how much of your soul you put into making something, you aren’t allowed to list “Love” as one of the ingredients.
It’s a lesson that the Nashoba Brook Bakery, LLC. in Massachusetts learned the hard way — with a warning letter from the Food and Drug Administration.
The FDA told the bakery:
“Your Nashoba Granola label lists ingredient "Love". Ingredients required to be declared on the label or labeling of food must be listed by their common or usual name. "Love" is not a common or usual name of an ingredient, and is considered to be intervening material because it is not part of the common or usual name of the ingredient.”
The company’s CEO John Gates told Bloomberg News that FDA’s take on love as an ingredient “just felt so George Orwell.”
“I really like that we list ‘love’ in the granola,” Gates told Bloomberg. “People ask us what makes it so good. It’s kind of nice that this artisan bakery can say there’s love in it and it puts a smile on people’s face. Situations like that where the government is telling you you can’t list ‘love’ as an ingredient, because it might be deceptive, just feels so silly.”
No word yet on whether happiness can be listed on the nutrition facts label.