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Food Guide Pyramid

Grocery Manufacturers of America (GMA) and the National Food Processors Assn. (NFPA) submitted comments to U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion on updating the Food Guide Pyramid.

GMA recommended creation of a standardized pyramid by matching the serving size recommendations inside the pyramid to the Nutrition Facts panel on food labels. This would create clear and consistent dietary advice. GMA said the Pyramid could appear on educational posters, food labels, and other places “where only one graphic would be appropriate.”

NFPA said a food manufacturer should be able to illustrate how its product fits into the food guidance system by responsibly depicting its branded product in the updated food guide graphic. This would reflect the reality of how consumers purchase and consume food and help in the education process. NFPA recommended that the Food Guide Pyramid be retained and refined and that the majority of resources should be devoted to public education.

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