nancylebov (nancylebov) wrote,

Food Labelage

There's a bill being worked on to forbid state food labelling regulations which go beyond federal regulations. Such discussion as I've seen about it has been "those evil food companies wanting virtuous state regs taken away". I'm sure that there are equal and opposite arguments saying "how nice to get rid of those wicked regulations".

I'd like to get a look at something a little more specific.

Which parts of the label do you personally find valuable?

Which parts are you pretty sure other people find valuable?

Which parts do you think are unnecessary or misleading?

What additional information would you like to see on labels?

I especially like the info about sweeteners. Sugar and high fructose corn syrup tend to knock me out. I'm somewhere between amused and angry at "energy bars" whose first three to five ingredients are various sorts of sugar. I tend to avoid foods with a zillion non-food ingredients--imho, they're not as likely to taste good. I'll look at primary ingredients of unfamiliar foods to get some idea of whether I'm likely to like them.

I'm sure other people want to know about dangerous-to-them allergens. This includes fish/seafood, peanuts, and (I think) aspartame. Some people keep track of salt and/or calories.

I've talked with a cheese guy who made hard cheeses and was angry that the maximum sell-by dates were much earlier than needed for cheese. "Cheese is milk's bid for immortality."

Offhand, I can't think of any other info I'd like on labels, but maybe I'll get some ideas from this discussion.

This isn't exactly a meme, but if you put it in your lj or blog, could you let me know? I'd like to see where further discussion (if any) goes.

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