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Proposed Nutrition Labels May Exclude Sugar

New Front-of-Box Rating System Highlights Calories, Fat, and Salt

Consumer Group Weighs In continued...

“That would get rid of trans fats so they wouldn’t have to list them,” he says.

The report was sponsored by the CDC and the FDA. A follow up report is expected to include the IOM committee’s assessment of the pros and cons of having a single, federally regulated front-of-package nutrition guide.

The group hopes to avoid some of the problems experienced with earlier food industry and government nutrition labeling systems like the much maligned Smart Choices program.

The program was introduced in August 2009 and was voluntarily halted just a few months later by industry promoters at the urging of the FDA.

While the simple green check on the front labels of products was supposed to alert consumers that a product was a healthy choice, Jacobson says the program had major flaws such as allowing exemptions for sugar in breakfast cereals and not requiring whole grain in products containing grain.

Nutritionists were quick to criticize the program when the green check started showing up on products like Kellogg’s Froot Loops.

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