Food Industry Promises Another Attempt at Front-of-Package Labeling
Statement of CSPI Executive Director Michael F. Jacobson
The last time the food industry developed a front-of-package labeling system it was a complete flop that put "Smart Choice" icons on junk foods like Froot Loops. We hope the industry’s next attempt is better.
A credible system would show a food's calories, saturated fat, sodium, and added sugar content on package fronts. Such a system must also indicate to consumers whether those values are low, medium, or high.
Front-of-package labeling should make the healthiest foods easy to spot, and the less healthy foods easy to avoid. No other system deserves the blessing of the government or consumers.
Contact Jeff Cronin (jcronin[at]cspinet.org) or Ariana Stone (astone[at]cspinet.org).