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As you may know, last week the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it’s going to start regulating the front of package food-labels. As a result, “Smart Choices” decided to no longer take up residence on the front of packages. A smart choice, no? Broo-ha-ha.
Now that the FDA is taking a stand and fighting for the people, what exactly are their regulations going to be? And what other steps can they take to ensure that customers are knowledgeable of the food they’re eating. Nutrition labels aren’t exactly up-front as it is. As Fooducate puts it:
Wouldn’t it be nice if the FDA cleaned up the mess originally created when the Nutrition Labeling and Education Act (NLEA) brought us the nutrition facts label as we know it today?
Well, according to Fooducate, here are 10 things the FDA can do to improve the existing information on labels:
- Enforce a realistic serving size
- Supply information on acceptable sugar amounts
- Tell how much ADDED sugar is in the food
- Zero grams of fat should=zero grams of fat
- No more qualified health claims
- State caffeine content
- Supply thorough allergy and intolerance information
- Allow rBGH-free labels
- Label the Booz
- Front of Packaging Labels- supply both negative and positives