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In The News, Winter 2009 - 2010: New Standards for Proper Labeling on Packaged Foods Sought

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From The New York Times Consumers’ increased concern over the healthiness of packaged foods has created discord between food manufacturers and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) over labeling. After the “Nutrition Facts” label became a requirement on the side or back of packaged foods, the food manufacturers fought back by creating what they called the “Smart Choices ProgramTM,” enabling them to use wording on labels that many people find dubious, such as boasting about a product’s nutritious components but ignoring the unhealthy ones - high amounts of sugar and detrimental fats, for...

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