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Accession Number PB2012-104389
Title Front-of-Package Nutrition Rating Systems and Symbols: Promoting Healthier Choices.
Publication Date 2012
Media Count 180p
Personal Author A. Yaktine A. H. Lichtenstein E. A. Wartella R. Nathan
Abstract There is a long and rich history of government public health efforts to educate and inform the public about nutrition and healthy eating. The first daily food guide, published in 1916, paved the way for a host of scientific documents, reports, brochures, symbols, and educational campaigns, including the Basic Seven Foods, the Food Guide Pyramid, and the Nutrition Facts panel. As a result of efforts such as these, Americans today have access to more information about nutrition than any previous generation. And yet the nation is facing a crisis of obesity and diet-related chronic diseases. Although there are many factors that influence what and how Americans eat, it is clear that there is a disconnect between dietary recommendations and actual consumption. Most of the front-of-package (FOP) systems that have been developed to date follow in the tradition of providing consumers with nutrition information. The use of such systems implicitly assumes that consumers are receiving appropriate nutrition information, whose impact can be enhanced by making it more prominent (i.e., putting it on the front of packages) and by delivering it more concisely. After reviewing evidence and perspectives from a wide range of disciplines, the committee came to a different conclusion.
Keywords Consumers
Front label nutrient icons
Front-of-package systems
Health promotion
Health status
Nutrition labeling
Public health
Rating symbols
Rating systems
Regulatory requirements

Source Agency National Academy of Science Institute of Medicine
NTIS Subject Category 57L - Nutrition
57U - Public Health & Industrial Medicine
98H - Food Technology
Corporate Author Institute of Medicine, Washington, DC. Food and Nutrition Board.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note N/A
NTIS Issue Number 1209
Contract Number N/A

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