TABLE 6-1 Nutrients and Other Components in Existing Front-of-Package Programs

FOP Programs

Nutrients Considered in Criteria

Calories

Total fat

Sat fat

Trans fat

Cholesterol

Sodium

Sugars

Fiber

Protein

Vitamins/minerals

Whole grains

Food groups

Other

Nutrient-Specific Systems

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

General Mills Goodness Corner

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+

 

 

 

 

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+

+

+

+

 

 

General Mills Nutrition Highlights

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+

 

 

+

+

+

 

+

 

 

 

Harris Teeter Wellness Keys

+

+

 

 

 

+

+

+

+

+

 

 

 

Kellogg’s Nutrition at a Glance

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+

+

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U.K. FSA Traffic Light

 

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Wegmans Wellness Keys

 

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+

+

+

 

 

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Summary Indicator

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AHA Heart Check

 

+

+

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+

+

 

+

+

+

+

 

 

AU/NZ Heart Foundation Tick Programme

+

 

+

+

 

+

+

+

 

+

 

+

 

Canada Heart & Stroke Foundation Health Check

 

+

+

+

 

+

+

+

 

+

 

 

 

Choices

 

+

+

 

 

+

+

+

 

 

 

 

 

Giant Food Healthy Ideas

 

+

+

+

+

+

+

+

+

+

 

 

 

Guiding Stars

 

+

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+

+

+

+

+

+

+

 

 

 

Kraft Sensible Solution

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+

+

+

 

+

+

+

+

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+

 

 

Nutrient Rich Foods Index

 

 

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+

+

+

+

+

 

 

 

NuVal

 

 

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+

+

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PepsiCo Smart Spot

 

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+

 

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Smart Choices

 

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+

+

 

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Sweden NFA Keyhole

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Food Group Information

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ConAgra Start Making Choices

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Whole Grain Council Whole Grain Stamp

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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NOTE: Sources for each system’s nutrient criteria are available at the beginning of Appendix C.

certain nutrients or food groups that are to be encouraged, still others pay attention to limiting some nutrients and to encouraging other nutrients and food groups, and a few also include some combination of additional food components, universal adjustors, and weighting coefficients. Most commonly, the nutrients to limit include some combination of calories, total fat, saturated fat, trans fats, cholesterol, sodium, and total or added sugars. Nutrients to encourage have usually been based on those required to be declared in the Nutrition Facts panel or the concerns identified by the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (HHS/USDA, 2005b), or both, and typically include one or more of fiber, calcium, potassium, magnesium, iron, vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin E. Systems that focus solely on nutrients that should be limited appear to be primarily concerned with reducing the risk for diet-related chronic diseases. Systems that attempt to assess the overall nutritional value of foods generally include nutrients to limit, nutrients or food groups to encourage, and sometimes other factors.

In determining which nutrients to include in FOP systems, existing systems have used dietary guidance recommendations from domestic and international governments and other authoritative bodies, and the opinions of scientific advisory panels assembled by rating system administrators. Determining which recommendations will serve as the basis both for selecting the nutrients to include and for setting their qualifying levels is a difficult process.

Of particular concern in determining the basis for which nutrients to include are the strength of the scientific



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