Marion Nestle takes a close look at the FDA's goals around giving consumers more information about the food that they are eating.
Ordinarily I find government plans of this type to be soporific but this one is especially well written and well thought out (with some caveats).
The report is a statement of FDA commitment to what it is going to do in the next four years in food areas that affect people and animals. It includes many promises, among them this one of particular interest:
Program Goal 4: Provide accurate and useful information so consumers can choose a healthier diet and reduce the risk of chronic disease and obesity
Objective 1. Update the Nutrition Facts label.
- Publish proposed rules updating the nutrition facts label and serving sizes [OK, but by when?].
- Publish final rules updating the nutrition facts label and serving sizes [Ditto].
Objective 2. Implement menu and vending machine labeling regulations.
- Publish final menu and vending machine labeling regulations [OK, but by when?].
- Collaborate with states, localities and other partners to ensure high rates of compliance.
Objective 3. Improve consumer access to and use of nutrition information.
- Explore front‐of‐pack nutrition labeling opportunities [Explore? See comment below].
- Collaborate with public/private sector parties on nutrition education [Collaborate? See comment below].
- Implement updated standards for the labeling of pet food including nutrition and ingredient information [How about a Pet Facts label for pet foods that someone might actually be able to understand?].
- Implement standards for animal feed ingredients.
- Publish final rule defining and permitting use of the term "gluten free" in the labeling of foods.