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Nutrition Rating System Urged by U.S. Panel for Food Labels

Foods sold in U.S. stores need standardized labels to let consumers rank their nutritional value, according to a report from a government science panel.

The front-of-pack nutrition labels should use a ratings system similar to the federal Energy Star program that rates consumer product efficiency, the U.S. Institute of Medicine said today in the report. The labels should rate sodium, sugar and fat content on a scale of zero to three, the panel said.