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NCL statement on IOM’s front-of-package labeling recommendations

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October 20, 2011

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Washington, DC--The National Consumers League (NCL) has released the following statement regarding the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) proposal for front-of-package labeling:

“The National Consumers League applauds a report issued today from the IOM on Front-of-Package labeling, entitled 'Front-of-Package Nutrition Rating Systems and Symbols: Promoting Healthier Choices.' The IOM suggests implementing a simple point system for front-of-package labeling, with points given for the levels of sugar, salt, and fat in an item, with scores ranging from zero (the least healthy) to three (the most healthy).

NCL believes the report is a common-sense approach to front-of-package labeling. This system would provide consumers with clear, simple information which would allow them to compare foods at the grocery store and make healthy choices more easily. NCL urges the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to examine the IOM’s proposal and implement a consumer friendly front-of-package labeling requirement.”

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