Food labels can play an important role in promoting healthy eating and preventing diet-related diseases. Yet federal labeling rules have not kept up with the changing marketplace, and food labels do not always provide the simple, straightforward information that today’s consumers need to evaluate products and make healthy choices.
An expansive body of scientific evidence supports the adoption of a front-of-package nutrition labeling system that meets these criteria in order to improve the nutritional quality of consumers’ food choices, promote understanding of the nutritional contents of foods, and prompt food manufacturers to make healthy reformulations of packaged foods.
Consumers have a right to know what’s in their foods and beverages. That’s why the Center for Science in the Public Interest, Nutrition Action’s publisher, has long fought for labels that tell the whole story.