This study examined the role of the food label as an important tool for improving the public’s understanding of the health benefits associated with following a nutritious diet. FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) has continued to study food labels with its Food Label and Package Survey (FLAPS). Data from the 2000-2001 FLAPS characterize various aspects of the labeling of processed, packaged foods, including nutrition labeling and various types of label claims. The FDA used a multistage, representative, sample from the Information Resources Inc. 1999 supermarket database as the basis for the FLAPS sample. The final FLAPS database consisted of 1,281 foods. Major findings included the following: (1) An estimated 98.3% of FDA-regulated processed, packaged foods sold annually have nutrition labels with an additional 1.7% of products exempt from nutrition labeling requirements. 2) Health claims (4.4%), structure/function claims (6.2%), and nutrition claims (49.7%) were identified on food labels. In addition to the resource this survey provides to CFSAN in assessing health and nutrition information on the food label, registered dieticians and other health professionals can use FLAPS data to assist consumers in choosing a more nutritious diet to improve their health and well-being.
PIC ID: 5711.3; Agency Sponsor: FDA-CFSAN, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition; Federal Contact: LeGault, Lori A., 202-205-5269; Performer: Information Resources Inc., Chicago, IL