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Front-of-the-Pack and On-Shelf Labeling: Tools for Spotting Nutritious Choices at the Supermarket Shelf

Carlson, Lisa A. MS, RD

doi: 10.1097/NT.0b013e3181cb457c
Issues for the 2010 Dietary Guidelines

As nutrition scientists study and debate the causes of obesity and look to improve the quality of the American diet, there is a renewed interest in nutrition resources to help people make more healthful dietary choices at the grocery store. New, voluntary front-of-the-package nutrition labels on food products and new on-shelf labeling systems in grocery stores are emerging as viable tools to help lead consumers to more nutritious diets. Although more studies are needed to see which front-of-the-package or on-shelf labeling systems are most effective, it is clear that consumers and health professionals want easier and clearer ways to identify healthful food products for themselves and their families

A focus on 2 systems: shelf-talkers and front-of-the-pack claims

Lisa A. Carlson, MS, RD, is development nutritionist for Unilever Foodsolutions and resides in Riverside, Illinois. Previously, she was director of health and wellness/sustainability communications for PepsiCo, working with the Gatorade, Quaker, and Tropicana brands.

Correspondence: Lisa A. Carlson, MS, RD, Unilever Foodsolutions, 2200 Cabot Dr, Lisle, IL 60523 (

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