Panel Urges Food Label Rating System
October 21, 2011 by staff
Panel Urges Food Label Rating System, Just as the Energy Star label helps you choose the appliances, a new report says that a classification symbol in front of every can of soup, cereal boxes and containers of yogurt can help buyers quickly home with healthier foods.
Thursday’s report urged the Food and Drug Administration to adopt new food labeling confusing mess to clean off packages today and give consumers a quick way to compare options.
It would replace the deep Nutrition Facts panel now in the rear or side of food packages. However, few buyers stop reading or listening to print in the center of the craft stores.
The Institute of Medicine says it’s time to fix in advance the most important information for health: the number of calories per serving – and how big the serving is – together with the stars or some other symbol to show at a glance how feed rates of certain fats, sodium and added sugars.
“American buyers are buyers busy,” said Ellen Wartella, professor of psychology at Northwestern University. Wartella chaired the IOM committee that studied the subject at the request of federal health authorities.
“We want a very simple system that says if you have three brands, the product is healthier than one with two brands.”
How to get Americans to eat more wisely is a big issue like obesity and diet-related diseases are skyrocketing. The FDA was working to change the food labeling system to make it easier to use, and has pledged to take action on inaccurate labeling has confused consumers.
But a food safety ranking, rather than just providing information to consumers to try to judge that for themselves, would be a major change in government food policy. The agency did not say if he was interested in that kind of approach grades, or how soon he would make changes in the labeling, but Thursday’s report called for a thoughtfulanlysis that will help decide the next steps.
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