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This Week In FDA History - Dec. 2, 1992

Photo of a nutrition label
December 2, 1992:
In the most extensive food labeling reform in the country's history, the FDA announces final regulations that will provide for consistent, scientifically based labeling for nearly all processed foods. The rules will require better information about the nutritional values of foods.

FDA in 2006

On Nov. 14, 2006, the agency announced "Make Your Calories Count," a new interactive multimedia tool to help consumers use the Nutrition Facts food label to evaluate calorie content of foods, make food wise choices, and maintain a healthy weight. The Web-based program is part of the FDA's response to the recommendations of its Obesity Working Group in the group's 2004 report, Calories Count. The "Calories Count" campaign, launched in 2004, focuses on the
fact that maintaining a healthy weight is most influenced by balancing calorie consumption. Other aspects of the campaign include making calories more prominent on the food label, encouraging restaurants to provide nutrition information, promoting the development of drugs to treat obesity, and fostering more research on obesity among other government agencies, non-profit organizations, industry, and academia.