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1.) Front-of-Package Labels: The FDA is hard at work trying to do something about public understanding of food labels. What with the fuss about the Smart Choices program (now withdrawn), FDA wants to get the front-of-package labeling under control. It is considering various formats for giving a quick overview of the nutritional quality of food products. FDA is asking for public comment on the various formats (see Federal Register notice).
The FDA chose five versions (plus variations) for comment:
1.) A mini Nutrition Facts version called Nutrition Tips
2.) A UK traffic lights version
3.) A version like Hannaford's Guiding Stars
4.) A version like the discontinued Smart Choices
5.) One that just highlights calories/servings
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I rather like this one, a variation of #1 (colorful, easy to understand, not too cluttered, and makes calories clear).
2.) The Nutrition Facts Panel: The FDA also is taking another look at the Nutrition Facts panel on the back of food packages. It is seeking public comment on a plan for consumer research to test understanding of elements on the Nutrition Facts panel. Here's the Federal Register notice with all the information about what's going on and where to file comments.