October 21, 2009
FDA analyzing front of package labels
The FDA has issued a Dear Industry letter on front of package or point of purchase nutrition labeling.
From the Institute of Food Technologists Weekly:
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said Oct. 20 that it would seek to clear up the confusion caused by a surge of nutritional claims that manufacturers have begun to make on packaged food labels. Point of purchase labeling including Front of Package (FOP) labeling is voluntary information that is intended to convey to consumers the nutritional attributes of a food. Point of purchase labeling often includes symbols that are typically linked to a set of nutritional criteria developed by food manufacturers, grocery stores, trade organizations, and health organizations. The selected nutrients and the nutrient levels required for eligibility vary among the different symbol programs in use. continue
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