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Labeling, Nutrition

Nutrition labels are ubiquitous in contemporary culture; yet up until the 1960s, nutrition labeling was virtually nonexistent in the United States. Not until consumers began purchasing convenience foods and prepackaged food products was there a need for food to have nutrition labels. Now there are very few foods, processed or not, that can be purchased without a label of some kind. All packaged food from both large and small companies must have nutritional information included on the packaging. Food labels in general were created by government regulatory bodies and were forged out of a need to provide honestly labeled, nonadulterated food to the masses. Nutrition labels have a modern history, with the largest push for regulation happening in 1990, the most recent changes happening in ...

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