FDA says Smart Choices label may not be so smart

This week the FDA expressed concern about Smart Choices, an industry label claiming that certain foods (including highly processed, sugary foods like Froot Loops, Cocoa Crispies, and Fudgsicles) are "better" choices. According to the FDA, such voluntary nutrition labels could be misleading. In response, Smart Choices officials announced that they will postpone further action. However, products that currently have the label will continue to use it. What does this mean for you? As a consumer, you have to be more aware than ever before of the many labels making numerous health claims (better! healthier! smarter!). Really think about what you're looking for in your food and what labels really mean--then you can make your own smart choice in the grocery store.

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