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April 30, 2010

FDA Seeking Comments on Calorie and Nutrition Labeling

From the FDA CFSAN website:

April 29, 2010

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a request, in the Federal Register, for data and other information the agency can use as it considers ways to make nutrition information more useful to consumers; for example, on "front-of-pack" labeling (the main display panel on products) and shelf tags in retail stores. The deadline for submitting comments is July 28, 2010.

FDA is particularly interested in receiving data and information on:

    • the extent to which consumers notice, use, and understand nutrition symbols on front-of-pack labeling or shelf tags;
    • results of research that assessed and compared the effectiveness of potential approaches to front-of-pack labeling;
    • graphic design, marketing, and advertising that can contribute to development of nutrition information that is more useful to consumers;
    • the extent to which nutrition labeling affects food manufacturers’ decisions about the contents of their products.


The goal of this request is to make calorie and nutrition information available to consumers in ways that will help them choose foods for more healthful diets – an effort that has taken on special importance, given the prevalence of obesity and diet-related diseases in the U.S. and of increasingly busy lifestyles that demand quick, nutritious food.

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

April 30, 2010 in Labeling, nutrition policy | Permalink

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the more nutritional info available to consumers the better. we need it to be easily presented i.e. using colour coding, so as not to confuse people

Posted by: Buy Dimethocaine | May 28, 2010 12:19:13 PM

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