The FDA considers a “healthy” food label

The Food and Drug Administration is testing designs of a label that food manufacturers could voluntarily put on the front of packages indicating that a product is “healthy.”

Why it matters: The effort is controversial, in part because the meaning of “healthy” continues to evolve. The FDA itself is in the process of updating its definition, which dates back to 1994.

  • Other concerns are that such a label could be of dubious value, used too liberally by food makers, or seen by consumers as a product endorsement by the FDA.
  • Nutritionists make the point that a balanced diet matters
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