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Thomas Merrow

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APN 740 Nutrition and Nutrition Information in Media

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The infographic displays the timeline pertaining to the regulation created by the Food and Drug Administration to keep food manufacturers accountable for what is labeled on the food they produce. The evolution of nutrition labeling was not solely driven on the decisions made by the government, but also the interests of consumers. The process began in 1969 and has been evolving until present day. As scientists began to uncover the link between diet and food, consumers began to take note. The publishing of both The Surgeon General’s Report on Nutrition and Health and the National Research Council’s report and the Diet and Health: Implications for Reducing Chronic Disease Risk in the late 1980’s are what sparked the public’s interest in how food was effecting their health. The connection between nutrition education and the spending habits of consumers changed the course of food labeling. Health claims began to emerge, and regulations were put in place by the Food and Drug Administration to ensure that all claims on food labels were substantiated and truthful. New discoveries on the health effects of fat and calories began to circulate the market along with the discovery of food allergies.

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© 2019 University of New England Applied Nutrition Program


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The Evolution of Food Labeling

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