Nutrition labels on products give little or no useful information to consumers

Nutrition labels on products give little or no useful information to consumers

Published: 24 mars 2014 at 23.57. Newspaper: Bangkok Post Section: Life

The US Food and Drug Administration last month proposed revisions on nutrition labels on products for the first time in two decades as a means for combating obesity and related diseases such as diabetes. The new labels would prominently display the calories count on the products. It would also adjust serving sizes to correspond more closely to the actual amount consumers eat, which is a problem today.

The issues with food labeling is not only a problem in the US alone, but extend across the globe. Thailand introduced nutrition labels in 1998, buts it’s not mandatory for all products. According to Patchara Klaewkla, Food Alert System Officer of the Foundation for Consumers, the current food labeling do have a few issues. Among others, the text is to small and difficult to read, contains to much information and may seem confusing. Malee Jirawongsri, head of the pre-marketing section of Thailand’s Food and Drug Administration, also mentioned several concerns whit the current labeling.

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