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Front of Package Food Labels Coming

Fri, 29 Oct 2010 17:00:08 CDT

The Grocery Manufacturers Association is responding to pressure from federal regulators to develop a labeling system for the front of food packages that would highlight the nutritional content of foods, including things like calories, unhealthy fats and sodium that many consumers want to limit. GMA is working with the Food Marketing Institute to develop their new labeling system which will be introduced early next year.

According to Scott Faber, a vice president of the manufacturers association, GMA says – it has not yet been determined which nutrients would be on the label. And he said the group would not commit to keep off the types of nutrients that food companies like to trumpet on their packaging, like vitamins and fiber. One question remains, will the new label meet federal standards which are yet to be established.

Mary Sophos, an executive vice president for the group, says - the label will not characterize a food’s overall nutritional qualities as good or bad. We’re not going to get into interpreting elements of the food. A statement from the Food and Drug Administration says - our hope is the industry will develop a label that aids in consumer understanding and helps parents and other shoppers easily identify and select products that contribute to a healthy diet.

 

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