Clearer nutrition labels might be coming soon

Thursday, November 11, 2010 | 1:52 p.m. CST

JACKSON, Miss. — Making healthy choices at the supermarket may get a little easier next year.

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Thursday during an obesity summit in Mississippi that the federal government had asked food makers to develop a labeling system that will put nutrient information on the front of packages.

Sebelius says consumers could start seeing the new labels in the next six months. Putting the labels on the front of packages is a voluntary initiative by food makers and retailers.

The Grocery Manufacturers Association and the Food Marketing Institute say a $50 million education campaign in 2011 will raise consumer awareness about the new labels.


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