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Fooducate: 10 Things the FDA Can Do to Improve Nutrition Labeling

Recently, the FDA announced that it's going to start regulating the front of package food-labels. What should their regulations consist of?

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"Smart Choices" has announced that they will no longer take up residence on the front of food packaging.

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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:

  1. Enforce a realistic serving size
  2. Supply information on acceptable sugar amounts
  3. Tell how much ADDED sugar is in the food
  4. Zero grams of fat should=zero grams of fat
  5. No more qualified health claims
  6. State caffeine content
  7. Supply thorough allergy and intolerance information
  8. Allow rBGH-free labels
  9. Label the Booz
  10. Front of Packaging Labels- supply both negative and positives
Emily Shelton

Emily Shelton is a web producer and blogger for Earth Eats. A native of Evansville, Indiana, Emily moved to Bloomington in the fall of 2007 to attend Indiana University, pursuing a major in Telecommunications and a minor in Business. Emily began interning at WFIU in the fall of 2008 and is now an Assistant Web Producer. As an official Earth Eats "tweeter", Emily loves spreading the word about the importance of environmental issues and "going green". In her free time, she enjoys watching movies, writing, and looking at pictures of delicious meals that she'll only ever dream about.

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