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Prevention Institute alert, March 14, 2014

Proposed Nutrition Labels Will Make it Harder for Food Companies to Hide What’s Unhealthy  

The first changes to be made in 20 years to the nutrition labels that appear on all food packages are an important step in the right direction and are worthy of public support, Prevention Institute’s Juliet Sims said in an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle that was published this week.

“It’s been a long time coming. But it’s a really positive change,” said Juliet, a PI program manager and registered dietitian. She got the first word in the article about the new labels and urged parents, families and health advocates to submit comments to the FDA supporting them.

The proposed new labels, which are still under review by the agency, would provide shoppers with more useful and understandable information about the things they really need to know about—such as serving sizes that reflect reality, and the amount of added sugar. 

It’s important for people to make their general support for the new labels heard by the FDA as it seeks and weighs comments from the public because the food industry may push back—publicly or through back-room lobbying efforts—and seek revisions to the FDA’s proposals. You can submit your comments to the FDA here.

The FDA has created two alternative versions of the new label and is considering both. We like the one on the right because it provides the best sense of what you're getting from a food item that's healthy--and what's not so healthy.

A New Kind of Philanthropy

“If ice cream trucks come to our community, why can’t produce trucks?” That question, posed during neighborhood meetings in Spartanburg, South Carolina, also began a blog in Community Commons about the work Convergence Partnership has done to develop a new kind of collaborative philanthropy. Read the blog.

We're Not Buying It 

Watch and share our two-minute video, which reveals the lengths food industries go to promoting unhealthy foods to kids, including advertising in their classrooms. A Spanish-language version, “No nos la tragamos” is also available.

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