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Nutrition labels to move to the front of packages

Nutrition labeling is coming to the front of packaged foods. (AP)

A coalition of food and beverage manufacturers and retailers announced a plan to help consumers identify healthier choices in the grocery aisle.

Called  “Nutrition Keys,” the program  led by the Grocery Manufacturers Association will place pertinent calorie, fat, sodium and sugar information on the front of packages.

Developed in response to a request from  First Lady Michelle Obama nearly a year ago,  it also will call out products that contain under-consumed nutrients including potassium, fiber or vitamin C.

The Nutrition Keys logo will appear on products deemed to fit within a “balanced and healthy diet as part of the federal government’s daily dietary advice.

“Front-of-pack labels have become important in recent years, as experts acknowledge that few shoppers read the information panels on the back of foods.
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Food producers sue to stop ethanol boost in gas

Livestock producers and food industry groups filed a suit on Tuesday seeking to overturn a U.S. decision to allow higher levels of ethanol in gasoline, saying it could push up food prices.

The Grocery Manufacturers Association, the National Meat Association and other groups sued the Environmental Protection Agency, saying regulators overstepped their authority when they ruled last month that gasoline retailers could sell fuel containing up to 15 percent ethanol, up from 10 percent now. Get the full story »