Thursday, 15 November 2007

FDA to consider 'Nutrition Facts' labeling changes

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In what has been a long time coming, the FDA said last week that it -- finally -- will be reviewing existing rules that govern the use of the "Nutrition Facts" labels sold on all processed and packaged food in the U.S.

I've been a critic of these labels for quite a long time, since the data can be manipulated (serving sizes) and cryptic to the average food shopper. In essence, you may get a small feel from these labels in terms of nutrition content, but in terms of overall nutritious profile, forget it.

The FDA may be considering removing some existing nutrients from the labels as well as reorganizing the way the information is presented. Food manufacturers will then immediately seek ways to get their information on there to may those basically dead foods seem nutritious when, in fact, the opposite is true.

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