Improved labeling and standards for nutrition

This solution was shared by PRE-LAUNCH RESEARCH TEAM , 14 May 2021

Print date: 26 January 2023 17:42

Description of the innovative solution

Information/communication Packaging Nutrition standard Accountability mechanism Nutritional guideline Consumer choice Food literacy Fats - sugars - salts Nutritious food

Labelling and standards need to be improved and applied around the world to inform consumers about nutritional properties of products to reduce risks of consuming adulterated products and informs on the health and safety of products. Proper labelling and guidelines are necessary to inform and protect consumers and can be used to promote health. This innovation proposes mandatory food labelling and standards, which may also include child-friendly labels for foods aimed at children. The United States has required nutrition labeling since the 1990 Nutrition Labeling and Education Act, which gives the Food and Drug Administration the authority to require nutrition labeling on the packages of food and certain nutrients to be on the label. Although the U.S. requires accurate nutrition claims on labels, manufacturers still include ambiguous claims that do not provide the public with easily understandable nutritional information. A public health goal, the improved labeling and standards for nutrition would set standards for companies to provide clear nutrition and product labeling on packaged food goods to allow consumers to make informed choices. Understandable, consistent, and valid nutrition labels educate people about ingredients, a potential strategy for countering obesity and processed-food diets, and force producers to adhere to food safety standards. Although food labeling exists in some countries, improved labeling and standards would systematize nutrition claims and hold food companies accountable for producing safe and healthful goods.

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Consumers Regulatory aspects

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Food quality Food safety

SDG target

SDG 3: Good Health and Well-being SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production


Urban Peri-urban Rural Marine/Coastal

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Nutrition labelling: purpose, scientific issues and challenges
Scientific paper
Overview of the purpose of nutritional guidelines and regulations around the world.
Front-of-package labeling as a policy tool for the prevention of noncommunicable diseases in the Americas
PAHO's regulatory objective of a FOPL system aimed at allowing consumers to correctly, quickly, and easily identify products that contain excessive amount of sugars, total fats, saturated fats, trans fats, and sodium.
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