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Dimensions of the issue of explicit health claims on food labels



Dimensions of the issue of explicit health claims on food labels



American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 43(4): 629-635



An authoritative overview emphasizes the need for extreme care to ensure the accuracy of health claims and the restriction of nutrition misinformation on food labels, and presents and discusses 11 specific dimensions that relate to the complexity of the issue of health claims in food labeling. These "dimensions" include: the reliability of the claim (e.g.: true; controversial; false); nutrition information scope (macronutrients; micronutrients; other); characteristics of the substance (identity (e.g., fiber type); quantity (relative to "need")); semantic issues (brand-specific claims vs. daily dietary needs and generic claims); societal impacts (medical impacts from food labels; use of conventional foods as "drugs"); legal implications (foods vs. drugs); US federal agency authorities concerning labeling regulations; options and development of possible guidelines concerning claims; issues concerning freedom of commercial "speech"; possible actions of the food industry concerning claims and regulatory compliance; and implications of quality controls for food labeling claims for international standards.(wz)

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