In a regulatory petition filed today with the Food and Drug Administration, the nonprofit food and health watchdog group is asking the agency to use its authority to establish a simple, standardized, evidence-based, and mandatory front-of-package labeling system for all packaged foods sold in the United States. CSPI is joined by the Association of SNAP Nutrition Education Administrators and the Association of State Public Health Nutritionists in submitting this petition to FDA.
CSPI is the group that led the campaign to pass the Nutrition Labeling and Education Act of 1990, which required Nutrition Facts labels on packaged foods, and that helped shape the Obama-era updates to the label in 2016. But as informative as Nutrition Facts labels are to some consumers, CSPI says they’re generally under-utilized, and simpler front-of-package nutrition labels have shown great potential to improve diets in other countries that have adopted them.
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