Food Labeling Gets Further Federal Backing/Wal-Mart Institutes New Food Label Program, Business and Industry Trends Analysis

Food labels have undergone heavy scrutiny in recent years.  Starting in January 2006, U.S. labels have been required to include the amount of trans fat present, and they must list any of the following potential allergens if present:  milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, soy and wheat.  Food labels include total calories per package in addition to serving sizes and calories per serving.  Calorie counts are listed in bold type that is often larger than that used for other information.  The change prompted food companies to spend billions of dollars to reformulate food products to reduce or remove trans…

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