The final form of the nutrition labeling regulations published in March 1973 is the result of more than 2 years of study arid debate by the food industry and academic and regulatory communities. Their implementation presents many challenges to food processors, in particular those packaging foods essentially as they are harvested. Their enforcement by the Food and Drug Administration during the first few years will call for exercise of a measure of administrative discretion to permit industry to gain experience with them. Most food processors have committed at least a portion of their production to nutrition labeling. Some food packages with nutrient content statements in general accord with the new regulations are already visible in the market place, and more will appear as the 1973 harvest reaches supermarket shelves later this year.

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1Presented at the 60th Annual Meeting of the International Association of Milk, Food, and Environmental Sanitarians, Rochester, New York, August 13–16, 1973.