January 9, 2008
The Food and Drug Administration's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition has posted on its website downloadable and printable posters of nutrition information for the 20 most frequently consumed raw fruits and vegetables consumed in the United States. The website also includes a poster that lists nutrition information for fish which has been cooked by moist or dry heat with no added ingredients.
FDA is providing these posters to encourage retail stores that sell raw fruits, vegetables, and fish to participate in the voluntary point-of-purchase nutrition information program (21 CFR 101.42 through 101.45). Retail store operators can download the posters and print them for display to consumers in proximity to the relevant foods in the stores and for dissemination to consumers.
FDA encourages consumers to use the posters to help plan a healthy diet and learn about the important nutrients contained in fruits, vegetables and fish. Federal dietary guidelines recommend two cups of fruit and 2 1/2 cups of vegetable per day for a recommended 2,000 calorie intake, with higher or lower amounts depending on the calorie level. In addition to protein, fish contributes polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats to the diet.