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Nutrition and Policy. 3: Food Industry Response to Nutritional Standards

Aaron Levin
Ann Intern Med. 1999;130(12):1033-1036. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-130-12-199906150-00102
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Remember when your morning bowl of cereal only needed to taste good and fill you up until lunch? Today, whether they sell cereal or hamburgers or soup or wine, food growers and processors stir nutrition into their marketing plans, looking for another competitive edge as shoppers cruise supermarket aisles. According to one analyst of food policy, the industry's role is really circular, because producers lobby extensively in Washington to influence the formulation of guidelines and respond to them once they are issued (Intl J Health Service. 23:483-96, 1993).

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