Reports shows Decline in Nutrition Label Use

by Editor
Thursday, August 21, 2008

A new USDA Economic Research Service report shows that while the majority of consumers say they use nutrition labels, overall use has declined.

“The Decline in Consumer Use of Food Nutrition Labels, 1995-2006,” examines changes in consumers’ use of nutrition labels on food packages between 1995-96 and 2005-06. The analysis finds that although a majority of consumers report using nutrition labels when buying food, use has declined for most label components, including the Nutrition Facts panel and information about calories, fats, cholesterol and sodium.

By contrast, use of fiber information has increased. The decline in label use is particularly marked for the cohort of adults less than 30 years old.