In a public release, U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Senator Edward J. Markey (D-MA), with Representatives Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) and Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) announced the Food Labeling Modernization Act of 2015.
“The Food Labeling Modernization Act approaches food labeling reform in a comprehensive manner, addressing front-of-package labeling, misleading health claims, and requiring updates to the Nutrition Facts label and the ingredient list,” states the release.
The Act will address a number of revisions to laws that “have been unchanged since the 1990s.”
“By empowering consumers with accurate, truthful, and concise information, this legislation will enable them to make healthier choices, and outsmart deceptive pitches and promotions,” said Senator Blumenthal.
An overhaul of the food labeling process is an important step towards providing U.S. consumers with healthier food choices, and ultimately addressing what has been referred to as the “obesity epidemic” here in the States.
“Healthy eating is especially critical to combating the growing epidemic of childhood obesity,” states Congressman Palone, “which has nearly tripled in the past 30 years and is one of the most serious public health problems in this country.”
Here at Soap Hope, we offer products for the body and home, but understand that what we feed our bodies has a serious impact on not only our skin, but overall health. Knowing what makes up the food that we’re eating empowers us to make better decisions about what food we purchase.
“Food labels should inform — not mislead — consumers as they grocery shop,” said William Wallace, Policy Analyst for Consumers Union. “Consumers deserve labeling that is simple, straightforward, and meaningful, so they can easily compare products and make healthy choices for their families.”
You can read the entirety of the Food Labeling Modernization Act here.