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Better Health Information for Better Nutrition

The nation today is facing a public health crisis called obesity. Experts estimate that nearly two-thirds of Americans are overweight, increasing their risk of heart disease, diabetes and other serious health problems. One way to help improve this situation is to make nutritional information about foods available and understandable to American consumers. A major FDA initiative announced in 2002 addresses this need by making major improvements in the information consumers receive about the foods they eat.

As part of the initiative, FDA's Task Force on Consumer Health Information for Better Nutrition has unveiled a new process to provide more science-based, FDA-regulated information on product labels about the health consequences of foods and dietary supplements. Detailed in a July 10, 2003, report, this process will improve information on dietary health benefits for consumers and will encourage product manufacturers to compete based on scientifically demonstrated health benefits of their products.

Documents related to the Task Force's report:

Other Initiative Activities

In addition to the task force's activities, the initiative on Better Health Information for Better Nutrition includes two related actions:

Guidance on Qualified Health Claims for Conventional Foods and Dietary Supplements

Strong Enforcement of Dietary Supplement Rules

Background on the Initiative

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