Monday, April 23, 2012

Won't Miss #441 - inconsistent nutrition information

Nutrition information should be standardized so that customers can operate from a common framework when dealing with food. I've been told that it is common in Europe to offer information per 100 grams. In Japan, there appears to be no standardization, even across products that are extremely similar and from the same manufacturer. Drink data, for example, is sometimes given per 100 ml. and sometimes for the entire bottle.

Generally, the way in which nutritional information is offered serves the interests of the company and allowing them to present the best profile for marketing of the product, and I won't miss these inconsistencies which require me to remain constantly on my toes when inspecting labels.