FDA seeks health-claim standards

03/15/2010 | Yahoo!

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is reviewing food labels with the goal of creating standards for health claims on package fronts. Even foods that are not particularly healthful can still tout that they are "high in fiber" or "low in salt" if they meet those criteria. "We had noticed a real proliferation of these front-of-package symbols, and noticed that there were a lot of different ones," said an FDA spokesperson. "And there didn't seem to be any rule of thumb or real consistency for consumers to be able to depend on."

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