Center Wants FDA To Develop One Set Of Easy To Use Symbols

FSA food labelThe Center for Science in the Public Interest is asking the Food and Drug Administration to develop one national set of easy-to-use symbols as a value of supplement to the current nutrition facts label. Simply stated, the Center wants to bring uniformity to what the consumer organization calls a hodgepodge of commercially-driven labeling by a variety of food companies.

The group sites the United Kingdom system that uses green, yellow and red dots to rank fats, sugar and salt as low, medium or high.

The Center's proposal has already drawn the endorsement of incoming Senate Ag Committee Chairman Tom Harkin of Iowa. The Senator says a uniform system of nutrition symbols can help consumers make sense of diverse and often conflicting nutrition information and advice.