Report Calls For Major Shift In Nutritional Labels

Law360, New York (October 21, 2011, 2:12 PM EDT) -- The U.S. should require check marks, stars or other graphic symbols on the front of food and beverage packaging to reflect nutritional information and help steer customers toward healthier products, a government-sponsored study released Thursday said.

The Institute of Medicine's report envisioned a front-of-package label akin to the one found under the Energy Star program, which uses a simple symbol to identify energy efficient products. The IOM committee charged with carrying out the study said the new labels would aid the fight against obesity, diabetes, high...
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