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Standards Under the DRI. Scientific Research. Standards For Food Labeling. FDA developed the Daily Values Generic standard used on food labels Allow for comparison. DRV for 2000 kcal. Nutrition Facts. What’s on the Food Label?. Product name Manufacturer’s name and address

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standards for food labeling
Standards For Food Labeling
  • FDA developed the Daily Values
  • Generic standard used on food labels
  • Allow for comparison
what s on the food label
What’s on the Food Label?
  • Product name
  • Manufacturer’s name and address
  • Uniform serving size
  • Amount in the package
  • Ingredients in descending order by weight
  • Nutrient components
what food requires a label
What Food Requires a Label?
  • Nearly all packaged foods and processed meat products
  • Health claims
  • Fresh fruit, vegetable, raw single ingredient meal, poultry, fish are voluntary
what is not required on a label
What is Not Required on a Label?
  • % Daily Value for protein (for foods intended for 4 yrs. or older)
health claims allowed on food labels relating to
Health Claims Allowed on Food Labels Relating to
  • Osteoporosis
  • Some cancer
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Hypertension
  • Neural tube defects
  • Tooth decay
  • Stroke
  • Use of “may” or “might”
comparative and absolute nutrient claims
Comparative and Absolute Nutrient Claims
  • Sugar (free, no added)
  • Calories (free, low)
  • Fiber (high, food source, added)
  • Fat (free, low, reduced)
  • Cholesterol (free, low, reduced)
  • Sodium (free, low, light)
claims
Claims
  • Fortified/enriched
  • Healthy
  • Light, lite
  • Diet
  • Good source
  • Organic
  • Natural
poor nutrition advice
Poor Nutrition Advice
  • Quick fix
  • Warnings of danger
  • Sounds too good to be true
  • Simplistic conclusions
  • Recommendations based on single study
  • Dramatic statements
  • Lists “good” and “bad” foods
  • Selling a product
  • Studies published without peer review
  • Studies that ignore differences among individuals or groups
good nutrition advice
Good Nutrition Advice
  • Physicians
  • Registered Dietitian
    • www.eatright.org/find/html
    • www.dietitians.ca
dietary supplements1
Dietary Supplements
  • Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) 1994
    • Classified vitamins, minerals, amino acids and herbal remedies as foods
  • Can be marketed in US without FDA approval if:
    • Reasonably safe
    • Product must be labeled as a dietary supplement