In a warning letter to Unilever, Inc. of Englewood, NJ, the agency states that the company’s website, liptont.com connects the beverage’s ingredients to lowering cholesterol and says that such a claim places the beverage in the drug category, which requires FDA regulation. In a separate letter to Dr Pepper Snapple Group of Plano, Texas, Canada Dry’s manufacturer, the FDA states "Your Sparkling Green Tea Ginger Ale bears the claim, 'enhanced with 200 mg of antioxidants.' Your Sparkling Green Tea Ginger Ale is a carbonated beverage," and goes on to say “the FDA does not consider it appropriate to fortify snack foods such as carbonated beverages." The agency issued the warning letters late last month and has asked both manufacturers to take prompt action to correct the misbranding violations.
—Ginger Skinner, Web associate editor