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January 31, 2010

Timothy D. Lytton: Guest Blog Series on Front-of-Package labeling on Fooducate

Timothy D. Lytton (Albany Law School) has published a series of three articles on Fooducate Blog.

Regulating Front-of-Package Nutrition Labels, Part 3 of 3: Objections to the Imposition of a Single FDA Scheme

In my previous posts I have proposed that the FDA regulate front-of-package nutrition labels by better enforcement of existing regulations and by setting minimum standards for labels that rate the overall nutritional value of foods. By contrast, the Center for Science and the Public Interest as well as the Fooducate Blog have advocated that the FDA develop and impose on the food industry “a simple, uniform science-based system [that] would bring consistent and reliable information to the marketplace and help consumers choose more healthful diets.”

However, the high level of complexity involved in designing nutritional rating systems gives rise to two reasons to prefer a regulatory approach that merely sets minimum-standards. . . .

Here are links to Professor Lytton's earlier two posts on Fooducate Blog:

Regulating Front-of-Package Nutrition Labels, Part 1 of 3: Better Enforcement of Existing Standards

Regulating Front-of-Package Nutrition Labels, Part 2 of 3: Developing New Minimum Standards for Complex Rating Schemes

Post by Donna M. Byrne, Professor of Law, William Mitchell College of Law

January 31, 2010 in Labeling, marketing | Permalink

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