6:32 am February 10, 2010, by Henry Unger
The soft drink industry announced changes to labeling to make calorie information more obvious, getting in line with the First Lady’s call for businesses to help tackle childhood obesity, AJC staffer Jeremiah McWilliams reports.
Starting this summer, calories on a Coke, Pepsi or other soft drink will be more prominently marked on the front of all packages, vending machines and fountain machines, said the American Beverage Association.
Also, total calorie counts for the entire drink will be displayed on the labels, McWilliams reports.
But some critics remain unimpressed.
For example, Margo G. Wootan of the Center for Science in the Public Interest said Congress should update the “disco-era national standards for school vending machines and get junk food and all sugary beverages out of schools once and for all.”
What do you think? Did Coke and Pepsi go far enough? Will it help stem the tide of childhood obesity?
What else should be done?
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