Well, glory be, the Smart Choices program I recently posted about is bowing to pressure and more or less suspending operations. In an article this morning in the New York Times, we learn that some of the food manufacturers who were participating are pulling out amid public and governmental pressure. The program allowed certain products to put the Smart Choices logo on the front of the package if the product met certain very minimal nutritional standards. But a lot of sugary cereals etc. qualified, so many people called foul. There was immediately talk of regulating front-of-package labeling to force manufacturers to also reveal the not-so-nutritional side of the product, such as sugar and fat content.
A small victory for public health, but it’s good to know we can make a difference if we stand up to make ourselves heard. Yes we can!