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US: Institute of Medicine pushes front-of-package food labels

A report from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) in the United States says that simplified front-of-package food labeling could help improve Americans’ diets and health. It recommended making life easier for shoppers by highlighting four nutrients: calories, saturated fat, trans fat, and sodium.

Their next step is to find out how consumers understand and use different types of nutrition information.

Read the IOM report on front of pack labelling

Read the Institute of Medicine (IOM) press release, 13 Oct 2010

Center for Science in the Public Interest argues added sugars should also be included on front-of-package labels for at least some foods.

Read more from the Center for Science in the Public Interest, 13 Oct 2010

Published on October 15, 2010 in International news