Online Program

Food labeling laws: Benefitting the manufacturer or consumer

Monday, November 4, 2013

Jacqueline Arnett, RD, JD, Nutrition Expression, Jericho, NY
Food labeling is a line of communication for manufacturers to explain and disclose what is in their products. However, current food labels laws may not be doing the best justice in providing the most optimal use of food labeling so that consumers can most fully understand what is in their food. Recent law suits stemming from "all natural" claims and bogus nutritional labels showcases the need for comprehensive reform in our food labeling laws so that consumers can best be served in knowledge of what they eat and can thus make better nutritional choices.

Learning Areas:

Public health or related laws, regulations, standards, or guidelines

Learning Objectives:
Explain the current standards of food labeling laws including any limitations and gaps that may leave consumers without full disclosure and information on a food product. Assess different avenues on how consumers can better educate themselves to understand how to read and understand food labels to their benefit.

Keyword(s): Food and Nutrition, Law

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: After working in a clinical rotation, I am working as a Registered Dietitian in my own practice which has grown greatly because of referrals. My research specialty includes public health law as well as researching new technology for nutrition informatics. I also teach health cooking classes at Whole Foods. My community work includes my position as Board of Directors for the Public Health Association of New York City.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.