Committee Proposes Universal Nutrition Rating System For Front Of Pack Food Labels

The Committee on Examination of Front-of-Package Nutrition Rating Systems and Symbols (Phase II) describes its proposed nutrition rating system as “an Energy Star equivalent for food and beverages;” the label lists calories per serving, and assigns zero to three points for acceptable levels of trans and saturated fats, sodium and added sugars, according to Supermarket News. For the full story, click here.

Editor's Insight: Front of pack labeling 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. 11-02-11 By Elliot Maras