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NUTRITION PROFESSIONALS APPLAUD NEW, TOUGHER RULES FOR LABELING OF FOODS

NUTRITION PROFESSIONALS APPLAUD NEW, TOUGHER RULES FOR LABELING OF FOODS
 CHICAGO, Nov. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- The nation's largest group of food and nutrition professionals today applauded the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for moves to "cut through the confusion and give Americans food labels they can use to make informed choices."
 "The American Dietetic Association (ADA) strongly supports mandatory nutrition labeling on processed foods. Consumers trying to eat healthily have too often been greeted by a bewildering barrage of nutrition information on grocery store shelves," said ADA President Judy Dodd, MS, RD (registered dietitian). " Consistency' and accuracy' have been the buzz words of ADA's advocacy for labeling reform for almost a decade. Today, the agencies' proposals move these concepts a step closer to reality."
 Specifically, the 61,000-member American Dietetic Association commended FDA's call for:
 -- Standardized definitions for such nutrition labeling terms as "low fat," "cholesterol free," "sodium free," "reduced fat," "light," "less," "more," "high" and "source of."
 -- Serving sizes that are consistent across product lines and expressed in common household measures.
 -- Nutrient lists tailored to today's consumers and their health needs, including total calories, total fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, total carbohydrates, sugars, dietary fiber, sodium and protein, among others.
 -- Parameters for health claims based only on strong scientific evidence, and
 -- Re-evaluation of current standards of identity' that prevent manufacturers of low fat cheese,' ice cream,' sour cream' and other popular foods from using these recognizable names on product labels.
 "It's imperative that the FDA and USDA work together to affect consistent and comprehensive labeling reform,"' said Dodd. "Supported by strong consumer education efforts, the new food labels should have a significant positive impact on public health."
 The American Dietetic Association, headquartered in Chicago, serves the public by promoting optimal nutrition, health and well being.
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 /CONTACT: Bonnie Pear or Jennifer Fairlamb of ADA, 800-877-1600, ext. 4822 (Please do not publish this number)/ CO: American Dietetic Association ST: Illinois IN: FOD SU: EXE KD -- NY086 -- 1879 11/06/91 16:27 EST
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