Although the U.S. Food and Drug Administration letters targeted producers of cherry products, the warnings weren’t limited to health claims about cherries. TPG Enterprises of Othello, Washington, for example, was warned about statements on its Web site concerning the benefits of eating packaged apple slices, a fact that hasn’t escaped producers of apple products.
One example: "Apples… fight … gum disease and help reduce lung cancer."
Shannon Schaffer, a spokesperson for the Virginia-based U.S. Apple Association, said, "We’re definitely aware of the letter, and it’s definitely of concern to us. It seems to have taken a lot of people by surprise.
"We do understand that you do have to follow the FDA recommendations.
"We have an outside consultant going over the