Industry and government scientists will be working overtime to comply with new demand for fuller information on nutrients
WASHINGTON--When President Bush signed the Nutrition Labeling and Education Act (NLEA) into law on November 8, 1990, he set in motion a process that's expected to increase the work load for food chemists in government and industry and raise a new set of scientific questions for academic researchers who study nutrition.

The new Nutrition Labeling and Education Act does a lot more than require better labels. Framers of the act envisioned labeling so clear and informative that consumers could use it to help plan their total diets, not just learn isolated facts about a particular food. By creating such labels, food researchers say, scientists would get the chance to improve the country's eating habits.

"Look at the name of the act," says Food and Drug Administration division of nutrition head John Vanderveen....

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