|Smart Choice Standards|
The Smart Choice criteria are based on several large-scale evidence-based sets of nutrition guidelines, referenced in the table below. Our criteria were also informed by a newly created national icon program called Smart Choices, in which large retail food companies partner with nutrition advisors to identify healthful food choices with a front-of-pack symbol. Smart Choices products will be labeled starting in mid-2009. The detailed criteria for the Smart Choices program are available at http://www.smartchoicesprogram.com/nutrition.html.
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