68. Labeling Requirement Threshold

If studies indicate that at least 1% of consumers of a certain product or service (especially medications and food products) experience negative side effects associated with the use of that product or service, or if more than 1% of consumers use the product in an unsafe manner, then its manufacturer or provider should be required to indicate this caution on the product’s label or on other official pre-purchase customer documentation.

Furthermore, if a critical number of consumers request it, product manufacturers, growers, or sellers should be required to indicate on the product’s label whether that product has a certain ingredient, has gone through a certain process, or whether that product has some other quality that consumers in that market consider necessary to know. The required percentage of consumers necessary to force labeling could probably vary from one market to another, but 10% may be a good number.

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