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Highlighting calories

The Food and Drug Administration issued an advance notice of proposed rulemaking asking for comment on whether calories should be given more prominence on food labels and if so, how.

Calories are a main focus of the agency’s Obesity Working Group report. Consumers, particularly those trying to manage their weight, need to be able to determine the calorie content of packaged food, OWG said.

The ANPRM asked for comment on, among other things, how the calorie content affects food choices, what consumers currently think the calories on packaged food represent, how changing the regulations on the calorie display might change the way food is packaged, and would a more prominent calorie display encourage more competition based on calorie content. Comments are due by June 20, 2005.

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