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Policy research for front of package nutrition labeling: Environmental scan and literature review

Citation

Hersey, J., Wohlgenant, K., Kosa, K., Arsenault, J., & Muth, M. (2011). Policy research for front of package nutrition labeling: Environmental scan and literature review. (Prepared for Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation. Final Report). Research Triangle Park, NC: RTI International.

Abstract

Food manufacturers have recently been adding summary nutrition information on the front of packages in addition to the currently mandated back or side Nutrition Facts Panel (NFP). In addition, some supermarkets have added summary information or symbols on shelf labels where the information is more visible to consumers in the shopping aisle. The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Office of Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) want to ensure that front-of-package (FOP) and shelf-label nutrition systems that provide nutrition information or summarize the overall nutritional quality of a food are useful for the consumer and that the nutrition criteria are based on science.