Nutrition Rating Systems, A Tower of Babel

Nutrition Rating Systems, A Tower of Babel

Click here for the full comparison chart Nutrition fact labels are confusing. Despite the efforts of the FDA and Congress in enacting the Nutrition Labeling and Education Act in the early 1990′s, people are still stumped at the supermarket, and … Continue reading

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“Healthy Elements” – Yet Another Nutrition Label to Confuse Shoppers

“Healthy Elements” – Yet Another Nutrition Label to Confuse Shoppers

Supervalu is one fo the largest grocery retailers and wholesalers in the US. IN January they jumped on the front-of-package-nutrition-labeling wagon when they introduced NutritionIQ at some of their Albertson’s locations. Now the company is introducing a different scheme, named … Continue reading

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1862 – 2014: A Brief History of Food and Nutrition Labeling

1862 – 2014: A Brief History of Food and Nutrition Labeling

In the early 13th century, the king of England proclaimed the first food regulatory law, the Assize of Bread, which prohibited bakers from mixing ground peas and beans into bread dough. Ever since, it has been a cat and mouse game between the food industry and the public (fast forward to China 2008 – melamine in milk powder anybody?). In the US, food regulation dates back to early colonial times. Here is a brief overview of the last 150 years of government and industry food regulation: Continue reading

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