Food Labeling

Should the government require clearer packaging?


Consumer advocates want the food industry to put clearer nutrition information on food labels, contending that manufacturers often mislead consumers by proclaiming products are “healthy” or “natural.” The critics are pressing the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to define such terms and require labels to make nutrition information easier to find and comprehend. Some consumer advocates argue that a symbol such as a stoplight should be used on labels to rate food simply as “healthy” or “unhealthy.” But the food industry says it already has taken steps to give consumers more useful and understandable nutrition information, pointing to growing adoption of its Facts Up Front labeling, which lists fat, salt, sugar and calorie content on package fronts. Both sides are watching the Trump administration closely, ...

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