The Nutrition Facts Label Turns 20

food labelBelieve it or not, the Nutrition Facts label turned 20 years old this year. It was in January of 1993 that the FDA issued the final ruling on this iconic black and white box that now graces (or has graced) the back of literally billions of food packages. Many of us can barely remember shopping for food without it, and for the rest of us it kind of feels like it’s been there all along.

A recent story on WAMU’s Metro connection features the man who designed the label and explores what went into its development. Evidently they went through 35 versions before settling on the simple box with lines and text that we know today. It certainly paid off in some sense, as the label has earned acclaim from some of the most prestigious voices in graphic design. In a different light, it’s a good thing so much thought went into it because this small collection of unbiased and straightforward data has had immense influence on our nation’s health and the global food industry.  Continue reading “The Nutrition Facts Label Turns 20”

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October 2021