January 2012 Issue
IOM Reviews Front-of-Package Labeling
While the government requires packaged foods to carry the standardized Nutrition Facts panel to help you make better nutrition choices, many food companies have stepped up to provide additional front-of-package (FOP) messages and labels about the healthfulness of their foods. Though the effort is worthy, the lack of standardization among FOP labels has led to confusion among consumers. As a result, Congress directed the Institute of Medicine to conduct a study on the effectiveness of current FOP labeling.
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