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Federal agencies should develop a new nutrition rating system with symbols to display on the front of food and beverage packaging that graphically convey calorie counts by serving size and a "point" value showing whether the saturated and trans fats, sodium, and added sugars in the products are below threshold levels. This new front-of-package system should apply to all foods and beverages and replace any other symbols currently being used on the front of packaging, added the committee that wrote the report.
Nutrition rating systems and symbols on the fronts of food packaging would be most useful to consumers if they highlighted four nutrients of greatest concern – calories, saturated fat, trans fat, and sodium – says a new report from the IOM