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Global Nutrition Labeling: Moving Toward Standardization?

Perez, Rachel MS, RD; Smith Edge, Marianne MS, RD

doi: 10.1097/NT.0b013e31829da17f
Nutrition Policy

The increased incidence of obesity and diet-related chronic diseases has pushed nutrition to the forefront of political agendas, with nutrition labeling leading the discussion. As nutrition labels and health logos have proliferated rapidly on food and beverage packages, countries have moved towards standardized labeling policies—though there remains wide disagreement as to which labeling format is most helpful to consumers. To capture a snapshot of the global regulatory framework, this article will tour nutrition labeling around the world, stopping to comment on emerging regulatory developments such as the front-of-pack (FOP) labeling debate and nutrition labeling in restaurants.

Examining the vast array of industry and government initiatives that vary from nation to nation

Rachel Perez, MS, RD, is an outpatient dietitian at the University of California Davis Health System in Sacramento, California. She is also a nutrition and health writer who has previously worked with the European Food Information Council in Brussels, Belgium.

Marianne Smith Edge, MS, RD, is Senior Vice President, Nutrition & Food Safety for the International Food Information Council (IFIC) in Washington, DC. In her role at IFIC, Smith Edge is responsible for directing the overall nutrition and food safety strategic initiatives of the organization, group facilitation and external collaborations. She also serves as IFIC’s spokesperson on various nutrition, food safety and health issues. She is a past president of The Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics and received the ADA Medallion Award in 2009. She is a nationally recognized speaker in health, wellness and farm-to-table issues.

The European Food Information Council reviewed the manuscript draft.

The authors have no conflicts of interest to disclose.

Correspondence: Rachel Perez, MS, RD, 2315 Stockton Blvd, SESP 0P160, Sacramento, CA 95817 (

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