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U.K. Department of Health Launches Front-Of-Pack Food Labeling

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The U.K. Department of Health begins a voluntary food labeling system, and some big-name manufacturers have not signed on

A front-of-pack voluntary food labeling system was launched by the United Kingdom’s Department of Health. Many food manufacturers have welcomed the new system, but some companies are not on board, according to Food Manufacture.

The labeling system involves including a color-coded label on the front of food products which lists the product’s fat, salt, sugar, and calorie content. It aims to replace rival labeling systems based on traffic light labeling and Guideline Daily Amounts.

Manufacturers that signed on are Premier Foods, Mars UK, Nestle UK, McCain Foods, and PepsiCo UK. Cadbury, Coca-Cola, and United Biscuits have yet to commit.

Public health minister Anna Soubry says, “People will be able to use the colors to understand the levels of nutrients in the food they are eating. The labels are not designed to demonize foods with lots of reds but to have people consider what they are eating and to make sure it’s part of a balanced diet.”

The Front of Pack nutrition labelling scheme combines colour coding and percentage reference intakes in line with UK health ministers’ recommendations and the requirements of Article 35 of EU Regulation 1169/2011 on the provision of food information to consumers (EU FIC).

Updated guidance to include advice on consistent communication to consumers on how to use the front of pack nutrition labelling in choosing a healthy balanced diet and to clarify the basis of the voluntary scheme in compliance with existing legislation.

Thousands of tonnes of saturated fat to be taken out of the nation’s diet

Public Health Minister, Jane Ellison, launches the Responsibility Deal Saturated Fat Reduction Pledge.

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

More than one and a half Olympic size swimming pools of saturated fat will be removed from the nation’s diet over the next year as part of a drive to cut the amount of saturated fat in our food.

Almost half of the food manufacturing and retail industry has signed up to the Responsibility Deal Saturated Fat Reduction Pledge by agreeing to reduce the amount of saturated fat in our food and change their products to make them healthier.

Cutting the amount of saturated fat we eat by just fifteen per cent could prevent around 2,600 premature deaths every year from conditions such as cardiovascular disease, heart disease and stroke.

Public Health Minister, Jane Ellison said:

One in six male deaths and one in nine female deaths are from coronary heart disease – this is why it’s critical that we challenge the way we eat and that we all make changes where we can.

It’s hugely encouraging that companies providing almost half of the food available on the UK market have committed to this new Responsibility Deal pledge and they are leading the way to give their customers healthier products and lower fat alternatives.

Some of the companies removing saturated fat from their products are:

Nestlé – which will remove 3,800 tonnes of saturated fat from over a billion Kit Kat bars per year by reformulating the recipe

Tesco – which will remove 32 tonnes of saturated fat from products such as breadsticks

Morrisons – which will be reformulating its spreads range to reduce saturated fat, this will remove approximately 50 tonnes

Aramark – which will increase the amount of 1% fat milk it supplies across its sites and increase the training it gives to its chefs

Cricketer Farm – which will help one retailer remove 1.5 tonnes of saturated fat by switching to their half fat cheese

Other companies that have pledged to make changes to their products are:

Subway – will reduce the amount of saturated fat in their Kids Pak™ by more than 70 per cent, replacing cookies and crisps with a healthier option which provides one of a child’s recommended five-a-day portions of fruit and vegetables

Compass – which serves more than a million meals a day across their 7,000 sites, will be swapping to lower fat ingredients and promoting healthier menus as part of the pledge

Aldi – which will start a programme of saturated fat reformulation, explore reducing portion sizes and educating consumers and employees to choose healthier options

Sainsbury’s – which will continue to reformulate recipes to reduce saturated fat

CH & Co – which will be reformulating some of its top selling cakes

Unilever – which will continue to invest in spreads and blends that provide healthier options in addition it will promote healthy eating by encouraging swaps in cooking and baking with lower saturated fat alternatives

Mondelez International – which will reformulate products across its portfolio including BelVita, Oreo and Barny

There are a number of ways that companies can lower the amount of saturated fat in our diets, including reformulating recipes so they include less fat, and introducing new products with lower fat.

Food and Drink Federation Director General, Melanie Leech said:

Today’s announcement yet again underlines food and drink manufacturers’ determination to play a full part in supporting improved public health.

These significant commitments to reduce saturated fat in a wide range of products build on the achievements already delivered by a number of our members which empower consumers to make healthier choices appropriate for their lifestyles.

The Responsibility Deal brings government and industry together to tackle public health issues and improve the health of the nation.

Chair of the Responsibility Deal Food Network, Professor Susan Jebb said:

The Responsibility Deal has made great progress in changing our eating options and habits.

From the introduction of front of pack labelling to today’s announcement, everyone involved can be proud of the work done so far – but we know more can be done.

These commitments to help reduce saturated fat are an important step forward. They recognise that too much saturated fat can increase cholesterol levels and cause heart disease and premature deaths which is why it’s fantastic that so many companies have committed to helping people cut down on their consumption.

This development means we now have a suite of Responsibility Deal pledges that help companies cut fat, sugar and salt which together will help consumers achieve a healthier diet and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Background information

For media queries contact the Department of Health press office on 020 7210 5222.

General Information and Resources for Food Labeling

Informative factsheet with recommendation for increasing folate and folic acid intake.

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Comparing items using the food label can help you to choose the best value for your health. Learn about the percent Daily Value, how to decipher confusing claims, and more. Also in PDF|7.81 MB.

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Provides guidance for reading the nutrition information on the food label.

This interactive guide to the Nutrition Facts label helps you understand what you're eating so that you can make healthier choices.

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This presentation was developed to help health educators understand the science behind the recent changes to the new Nutrition Facts label.

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The FDA is responsible for assuring that foods sold in the United States are safe, wholesome and properly labeled. This guide addresses the most frequently raised food labeling questions using a question and answer format.

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Explains the FDA front-of-packaging initiative, providing current information and FOP materials.

Mandatory Salt-Reduction Targets, South Africa: Urban Food Policy Snapshot

Overview: Increased consumption of sodium is a risk factor for noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) such as hypertension, which can increase an individual’s susceptibility to strokes and heart disease. In South Africa, there is a severe issue surrounding the consumption of salt. Within the nation, it is estimated that the citizens consume 2-3 times the daily recommended five grams of salt .

In 2013, the South Africa Study on global AGEing and adult health (SAGE) reported that South Africa has the highest rate of high blood pressure reported among individuals who are 50 and older. It has a higher rate of those with high blood pressure among this age group than any other country, at any time in history, with a rate of almost eight out of ten (77.9 percent). To work towards overcoming this severe issue, there has been a two-pronged plan created. It is comprised of both legislation and a consumer awareness program called Salt Watch.

Location: South Africa

Food policy category: Diet & Nutrition Food Supply & Distribution Preventative Health Care

  • In March 2013, the Minister of Health, Dr. Aaron Motsoaledi, decided to create numerical goals for salt reduction in thirteen food categories with expected gradual compliance by the years 2016 and then 2019. This would allow companies gradual time to reduce the amount of sodium in their products. During World Salt Awareness Week in 2013, at the first South African Salt Summit, Salt Watch was announced as a new multi-sectoral advocacy group, supported by the National Department of Health and led by the HSFSA and responsible for implementation of the national consumer awareness campaign. The intended goal from this campaign is to raise awareness and increase knowledge regarding the drawbacks of too much sodium in individuals’ diets. Together, these were created with the intention of reducing this problem.
  • Due to South Africa eliminating iodine deficiency through the process of fortifying salt, it is essential that both iodine and sodium levels are measured throughout the process.
    • The ratio of sodium to potassium levels may determine cardiovascular disease, rather than just sodium levels which is important to note. It is also going to be important to note whether legislation is more effective than the voluntary approach adopted by most countries. To study this relationship, it will be important to compare between countries that have, and do not have, laws regulating the amount of salt in food products.
    • Thus far, The Heart and Stroke Foundation South Africa (HSFSA) states that there is self-reported good compliance with the first deadline on the part of large food manufacturers. However, during a salt consultation meeting September 2, 2016, inconsistencies were found between self-reported sodium levels and independent chemical analyses. Therefore, further research is being conducted in a wider range of products. In the next step of the process, the National Department of Health is going to meet with both laboratory managers and food companies to better comprehend the methodological issues with content food analysis. This is being completed in the hope that it will increase the effectiveness of implementation and monitoring.
    • Address sodium levels in food, as well as the amount of salt added by individuals. On top of this, the awareness campaign and legislation are attempting to change the attitudes, behaviors and perceptions surrounding the commodity.
      • Through this, hopefully the rate of NCDs, which were responsible for about 43.4 percent of deaths in South Africa in 2012, will lower. Within this group, cardiovascular disease is the main cause of death, for which, as previously stated, an increased rate of sodium intake is a risk factor.

      Overall program goals in regards to the thirteen food categories:

      Foodstuff category June 30, 2016 June 30, 2019
      1 Bread 400 mg Na 380 mg Na
      2 All breakfast cereals and porridges 500 mg Na 400 mg Na
      3 All fat spreads and butter spreads 550 mg Na 450 mg Na
      4 Ready-to-eat savory snacks, excluding salt-and-vinegar flavored potato chips 800 mg Na 700 mg Na
      5 Flavored potato chips, excluding salt-and-vinegar flavored potato chips 650 mg Na 550 mg Na
      6 Flavored ready-to-eat, savory snacks and potato chips- salt-and-vinegar only 1000 mg Na 850 mg Na
      7 Processed meat-uncured 850 mg Na 650 mg Na
      8 Processed meat-cured 950 mg Na 850 mg Na
      9 Raw-processed eat sausages (all types) and similar products 800 mg Na 600 mg Na
      10 Dry soup powder (not instant) 5500 mg Na 3500 mg Na
      11 Dry gravy powders and dry instant savory sauces 3500 mg Na 1500 Mg Na
      12 Dry savory powders with dry instant noodles to be mixed with a liquid 1500 mg Na 800 mg Na
      13 Stock cubes, stock powders, stock granules, stock emulsions, stock pastes or stock jellies 18000 mg Na 13000 mg Na

      * Some amendments to these sodium targets have been proposed and the cut-offs for a few food products, like some of the savory snacks and processed meats, will be amended slightly, however, the NDoH believes that these changes are minor and do not adversely affect the public health of the population

      • Sodium levels in food will be checked to make sure that companies are complying with the standards.
        • Breads’ sodium levels will be checked via atomic absorption spectrometry with a toleration level of 10 percent.
        • All other foods will be checked by flame atomic absorption spectroscopy and/or Inductively Coupled Plasma analyses.
        • This will be handled via safety environment officers at a municipal level.
        • The National Awareness Campaign during 2014/2015 consisted of two main elements: 1) an advertising campaign and 2) various supporting activities aimed at strengthening the advertisement message and providing additional information and education materials regarding salt reduction.
        • The campaign ran from August 2014-May 2015.
        • It was funded by the National Department of Health and consisted of 1 television and 2 radio advertisements.
          • They were translated into three commonly spoken South African languages. Sign language was also utilized in the television advertisements
          • The doctor further urged South Africans to reduce their discretionary salt intake and ask their local clinic or doctor for more information.
          • Eight media releases were shared at regular intervals throughout the campaign generating numerous radio and television interviews, print and online articles.
          • The recipe books were distributed free of charge via health care professionals.
          • It has been estimated that 60 percent of salt intake in South Africa is contributed by processed foods however, this means that approximately 40 percent of salt intake is discretionary salt. Discretionary salt is sodium that individuals add to their food while cooking or to already prepared meals. Unlike many developed countries where salt intake is predominantly coming from the food supply, in South Africa individual behaviors and habits also significantly contribute to total salt intake. Both the food supply as well as consumer behavior therefore will be addressed through this campaign, hopefully resulting in different attitudes towards sodium intake.
            • Population wide salt reduction strategies are one of the most cost-effective interventions to reduce the growing burden of chronic diseases in most countries.
            • There would be a total annual savings of 40 million US dollars in regards to preventing non-fatal strokes.
            • With the reduction of sodium in bread, this would conclude in an 80% cost savings.
            • There would also be significant individual household savings.
            • The awareness campaign was evaluated through community-based, in-home surveys with 477 black African women, aged 18 – 55 years in three provinces in South Africa. A significant positive change in reported knowledge, attitudes and behaviors was found including significant shifts in reported actions to reduce salt intake.
              • Even though the campaign evaluation had limitations in relation to tracking sustained knowledge and behavior change over time, the findings strongly suggest that mass media campaigns complement the legislation and other NDoH efforts to reduce salt intake in South Africa.

              Gabriel Eksteen, Heart and Stroke Foundation South Africa : [email protected]

              • A systematic review by Trieu et al. (2015) aimed to track salt reduction initiatives around the world. An increase in initiatives was seen globally compared to a similar review by Webster et al in 2010, with strategies in all six WHO regions. Ninety-three percent of countries make use of more than one strategy (ie food reformulation, consumer education, front of pack labelling, interventions in public institution settings)
              • 36 countries make use of voluntary targets, nine countries have mandatory maximum sodium levels (mostly bread)
              • Argentina, Bulgaria, Greece and South Africa have additional limits for other foods.
              • Strategies in Africa remain very limited with South Africa taking the lead.
              • 12 countries reported change in population salt intake, ranging from 5 – 36 percent
                • However, these results should be interpreted with caution

                A big thank you to the Heart and Stroke Foundation South Africa and South African National Department of Health who provided information regarding this Food Policy Snapshot and different articles for further research

                Mexico to Require Nutritional Warnings on Front-of-Package Labeling

                Overview: Mexico passed a law in late January 2020 that requires food manufacturers to add warnings to their front-of-package (FOP) labeling for foods that are declared by the Official Mexican Standards ( NOM ) to be high in sugar, sodium, or saturated fat. Warnings that caution against children consuming items containing caffeine or artificial sweeteners will also be required.

                Food Policy category: Diet and Nutrition

                Program goals: To warn and inform the Mexican population about poor nutritional content in prepackaged foods in order to reduce the risk of obesity and diabetes, and to prevent children from the adverse health effects of consuming caffeinated or artificially sweetened foods and beverages.

                How it works: The General Labeling Specifications for Prepackaged Foods and Non-Alcoholic Beverages–Commercial and Health Information already require FOP labeling to display quantities and percent of daily values of saturated fat, total fat, total sugars, sodium, and calories. The amendment adds a black octagonal stop sign symbol, with one or more of the following warnings:

                • “Excess Calories”
                • “Excess Sugars”
                • “Excess Saturated Fats”
                • “Contains Caffeine – Avoid in Children”
                • “Contains Sweeteners – Avoid in Children.”

                Progress to date: The bill passed unanimously in Mexico’s lower legislative house in October 2019. It later passed through the Senate and President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, and health authorities approved the new label standards in January 2020.

                Why it is important: As of 2017, Mexico ranked second (after the U.S.) among the most obese nations in the world, with nearly one-third of its adult population categorized as obese. Heart disease and type 2 diabetes, both of which are associated with poor diet and obesity, are the first and third leading causes of death respectively, with diabetes the number one cause of death and disability combined . Mexican leaders hope to push back against campaigns by processed food companies, such as Grupo Bimbo , the largest bakery company in the world , that encourage consumption of foods high in sugars, saturated fat, sodium, and calories. The new warning symbols on FOP labeling are expected to discourage consumers from purchasing unhealthy products, which may result in improved health for many people.

                Program/Policy Initiated: Although the new law was passed in January 2020, authorities have not yet announced when the new labeling requirements will go into effect.

                Similar Practices: In 2016, Chile became the first country to implement a FOP warning label, using a black stop sign with white writing to indicate “Excess [ nutrient ],” with largely positive results . While it is not yet mandatory, many products in the United Kingdom use a traffic light system for labeling to indicate how high a food is in fat, salt, sugars, saturated fat, and calories.

                Methodological quality of front-of-pack labeling studies: a review plus identification of research challenges

                This review evaluates the methodological quality of current front-of-pack labeling research and discusses future research challenges. Peer-reviewed articles were identified using a computerized search of the databases PubMed and Web of Science (ISI) from 1990 to February 2011 reference lists from key published articles were used as well. The quality of the 31 included studies was assessed. The results showed that the methodological quality of published front-of-pack labeling research is generally low to mediocre objective observational data-based consumer studies were of higher quality than consumer studies relying on self-reports. Experimental studies that included a control group were lacking. The review further revealed a lack of a validated methodology to measure the use of front-of-pack labels and the effects of these labels in real-life settings. In conclusion, few methodologically sound front-of-pack labeling studies are presently available. The highest methodological quality and the greatest public health relevance are achieved by measuring the health effects of front-of-pack labels using biomarkers in a longitudinal, randomized, controlled design in a real-life setting.


                This study of a small sample of products over a short time period found that sales of Ready Meals increased immediately after the introduction of traffic-light labels, whereas sales of sandwiches did not change significantly after the labels were introduced. However, it is difficult to attribute the observed increase in sales of Ready Meals to the introduction of traffic-light labels as the products examined were also reformulated at the time the labels were introduced and the product packaging and manufacturer was changed. Most critically from a public health perspective, this study found no association between the ‘healthiness’ of the products and the change in sales.

                We made an effort to minimize the effect of influences other than the introduction of traffic-light labels on sales. We focused only on products for which we could perform a direct before and after comparison of sales, taking into account the seasonal fluctuations in sales without the need to adjust sales figures for the effects of promotions, discounts and the impact of product life-cycles. This approach has several limitations. First, the products we analysed represent only a small subset of the products that had traffic-light labels introduced. Secondly, we were only able to assess the immediate impact (4 weeks) of traffic-light labels on sales. It is possible that consumers take longer than this to adjust their habits and that the impact of the labels could be greater over a longer period of time. Thirdly, we were not able to account for all factors influencing sales.

                This is the first independent study to use supermarket sales data to analyse the impact of the introduction of traffic-light nutrition signposting on consumer food purchases. The strength of using supermarket sales data is that it reflects people's actual purchasing behaviour in the ‘real-world’. Interestingly, the results do not correspond with the anecdotal evidence by UK supermarkets that indicated consumer shifts towards healthier products in response to front-of-pack nutrition signposting ( Sainsbury's, 2006 Tesco, 2006). These supermarkets did not disclose sufficient details of their methods when reporting their results to allow a more detailed comparison with the results presented here. Our results can be contrasted with previous research examining the way in which people believe they will respond to front-of-pack nutrition labels. Whereas people may have intentions of using front-of-pack labelling to select healthier options, this study indicates that this may not be reflected in their actual shopping behaviour.

                Traffic-light labels have been widely promoted by public health groups around the world as a promising policy option for the promotion of public health nutrition based, at least in part, on the presumption that they would lead to a shift in consumer purchases towards healthier products. One possible explanation for the results of this study is that consumers did not understand the labels. This may imply that the formatting of the labels needs to be changed or that more effort needs to be spent on educating consumers on how to use the labels. Another potential explanation is that, in the categories investigated, traffic-light labels were only present on a small proportion of the products. It can be argued that the labels will have a greater and therefore more detectable effect on sales when all products are labelled in the same way, allowing consumers to more readily compare the information provided by traffic-light labels across products. There are a large number of other potential explanations and it is suggested that future research in this area incorporate the views of customers and other contextual factors.

                It is important to note that this study has not looked at all the potential effects of the introduction of traffic-light labelling. Future research could examine longer-term impact of traffic-light labelling on sales, the impact of this labelling format on the reformulation of products, and on consumer awareness of what they are eating, regardless of the effects on purchasing behaviour.

                Should FDA require front of pack disclosures for sweeteners, juice content on children’s beverages?

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                “Parents express concerns about artificial sweeteners and believe that NNS ​[non-nutritive sweeteners] are not safe for their children. However, 74% of children’s fruit drinks and flavored waters contain NNS, and 38% contain both added sugar and NNS,”​ according to the study​ ​conducted by Jennifer Harris, senior research advisor, marketing initiatives at Rudd Center Food Policy & Obesity at the University of Connecticut, and Jennifer Pomeranz from the department of public health policy and management at the School of Global Public Health at New York University.

                Despite their concerns, most of the 1,603 US parents (53-58%) of 1- to 5-year-olds surveyed in the study could not identify drinks with NNS, and in a simulated shopping study, parents correctly recognized products with NNS in children’s products only 23% of the time.

                “Frankly, we weren’t surprised,”​ Harris said of the findings. She explained to FoodNavigator-USA that she often conducts focus groups with parents who tell her they are confused by product labels or recount experiences of picking up something quickly at the store only to get home and realize it has ingredients they don’t want, like NNS.

                Parents are confused

                Part of the problem, Harris said, is manufacturers are not required to disclose the use of NNS anywhere on the product except in the Ingredient list, where they often use chemical terms that are unfamiliar to caregivers, such as sucralose, neotame and acesulfame potassium.

                For support, Harris pointed to the study finding that when caregivers reviewed the information panel, 62% still could not accurately identify products that contained NNS.

                CFR - Code of Federal Regulations Title 21

                The information on this page is current as of April 1 2020.

                For the most up-to-date version of CFR Title 21, go to the Electronic Code of Federal Regulations (eCFR).

                Subpart A - General Provisions
                § 101.1 - Principal display panel of package form food.
                § 101.2 - Information panel of package form food.
                § 101.3 - Identity labeling of food in packaged form.
                § 101.4 - Food designation of ingredients.
                § 101.5 - Food name and place of business of manufacturer, packer, or distributor.
                § 101.7 - Declaration of net quantity of contents.
                § 101.8 - Vending machines.
                § 101.9 - Nutrition labeling of food.
                § 101.10 - Nutrition labeling of restaurant foods whose labels or labeling bear nutrient content claims or health claims.
                § 101.11 - Nutrition labeling of standard menu items in covered establishments.
                § 101.12 - Reference amounts customarily consumed per eating occasion.
                § 101.13 - Nutrient content claims - general principles.
                § 101.14 - Health claims: general requirements.
                § 101.15 - Food prominence of required statements.
                § 101.17 - Food labeling warning, notice, and safe handling statements.
                § 101.18 - Misbranding of food.

                Subpart B - Specific Food Labeling Requirements
                § 101.22 - Foods labeling of spices, flavorings, colorings and chemical preservatives.
                § 101.30 - Percentage juice declaration for foods purporting to be beverages that contain fruit or vegetable juice.

                Subpart C - Specific Nutrition Labeling Requirements and Guidelines
                § 101.36 - Nutrition labeling of dietary supplements.
                § 101.42 - Nutrition labeling of raw fruit, vegetables, and fish.
                § 101.43 - Substantial compliance of food retailers with the guidelines for the voluntary nutrition labeling of raw fruit, vegetables, and fish.
                § 101.44 - What are the 20 most frequently consumed raw fruits, vegetables, and fish in the United States?
                § 101.45 - Guidelines for the voluntary nutrition labeling of raw fruits, vegetables, and fish.

                Subpart D - Specific Requirements for Nutrient Content Claims
                § 101.54 - Nutrient content claims for "good source," "high," "more," and "high potency."
                § 101.56 - Nutrient content claims for "light" or "lite."
                § 101.60 - Nutrient content claims for the calorie content of foods.
                § 101.61 - Nutrient content claims for the sodium content of foods.
                § 101.62 - Nutrient content claims for fat, fatty acid, and cholesterol content of foods.
                § 101.65 - Implied nutrient content claims and related label statements.
                § 101.67 - Use of nutrient content claims for butter.
                § 101.69 - Petitions for nutrient content claims.

                Subpart E - Specific Requirements for Health Claims
                § 101.70 - Petitions for health claims.
                § 101.71 - Health claims: claims not authorized.
                § 101.72 - Health claims: calcium, vitamin D, and osteoporosis.
                § 101.73 - Health claims: dietary lipids and cancer.
                § 101.74 - Health claims: sodium and hypertension.
                § 101.75 - Health claims: dietary saturated fat and cholesterol and risk of coronary heart disease.
                § 101.76 - Health claims: fiber-containing grain products, fruits, and vegetables and cancer.
                § 101.77 - Health claims: fruits, vegetables, and grain products that contain fiber, particularly soluble fiber, and risk of coronary heart disease.
                § 101.78 - Health claims: fruits and vegetables and cancer.
                § 101.79 - Health claims: Folate and neural tube defects.
                § 101.80 - Health claims: dietary noncariogenic carbohydrate sweeteners and dental caries.
                § 101.81 - Health claims: Soluble fiber from certain foods and risk of coronary heart disease (CHD).
                § 101.82 - Health claims: Soy protein and risk of coronary heart disease (CHD).
                § 101.83 - Health claims: plant sterol/stanol esters and risk of coronary heart disease (CHD).

                Subpart G - Exemptions From Food Labeling Requirements
                § 101.100 - Food exemptions from labeling.
                § 101.108 - Temporary exemptions for purposes of conducting authorized food labeling experiments.

                ɻig step forward'

                Public health minister Anna Soubry said: "By having all the major retailers and manufacturers signed up to the consistent label, we will all be able to see at a glance what is in our food - this is why I want to see more manufacturers signing up and using the label."

                Richard Lloyd, of consumer group Which?, said it was a "big step forward".

                Charlie Powell, director of the Children's Food Campaign, also said the move was pleasing.

                But he added: "There are now no excuses - all food companies should follow suit and the government should name and shame any which drag their feet."

                He also urged ministers to do more to protect children from junk food marketing.

                Among the major names not to have signed up are Coca-Cola and Cadbury - both of which released statements saying they felt the use of guideline daily amounts was a better system.

                Andrew Opie of the British Retail Consortium, said of the new labels: "This is great news for consumers.

                "A consistent scheme across all the major supermarkets means wherever we shop we will see the same front-of-pack labelling.

                "That will help improve understanding of the label and make healthier choices easier."

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