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The Los Angeles Times writes on how some nutrition experts are “calling for the jumble of private icons, graphics and categories to be replaced with a single, FDA sanctioned certification program. The result would be a simple, recognizable standard, such as red/yellow/green lights, that would give consumers an authoritative assessment of whether a food product should be a regular feature of a healthful diet.”

The food industry should expect some sort of legislative proposal to deal with the situation. Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) is expected “to introduce legislation that would ask the FDA to take the first steps in devising a single system of classifying the healthfulness of foods on product labels,” according to the Times.

Whatever system is developed for the US – assuming it gets through the labyrinth of Congressional hearings and is approved by both houses and signed by the president – might be expected to resemble those used in countries like the UK and Sweden.
KC's View:
This will be controversial. Count on it. And with good reason. Because when the government gets involved, there is no assurance that things are going to get better.

That said, it is hard to argue that the lack of any sort of cohesive system is confusing to consumers.

At some level, maybe the question that needs to asked is this one:

Does the food industry capitalize on the confusion of consumers, or try to eliminate it?