Food Industry Introduces Front Of Pack Nutrition Labels

The food industry introduced what it called a "monumental and historic" effort to put nutrition facts on the front of packaging for processed foods and beverages, a change executives said is designed to help consumers make sound nutritional choices at the supermarket, according to The Washington Post.

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Editor's Insight: This proposed label program could be helpful to the vending industry if the Food & Drug Administration decides that it meet the calorie disclosure requirements. Whether or not this happens is far from certain.

The Food & Drug Administration has not yet released formal guidance on what front of package labeling will comply with the calorie disclosure regulations. Such guidance is not likely to be available until the spring of 2011. 01-26-11 Elliot Maras