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by Eric F. Greenberg

Food Label Changes Invoke Nutrition, Health, History

There were many reactions to the recent announcement by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration of its proposed changes to food nutrition labeling, announced with great fanfare by FDA and first lady Michelle Obama. My reaction was, it made me think of history.

The announcements reminded me that back in the early 1990s, a lot of changes were made to the legally required information on food labels. The single most recognizable of these changes was the then-new Nutrition Facts box, a rectangle set off by a border, with those two words prominently across the top, detailing the food's contents of calories, fat, cholesterol, sodium, and other substances.

It's not hard to understand why it was the most recognizable feature of the new food label: you could see it from across the room, after all, and because it was specifically required (on larger packages at least) to feature certain information in a specified format that featured a lot of white space, it looked rather modern. It was catchy, and also catching: in subsequent years, FDA also required dietary supplements to feature a similar-looking Supplement Facts box, and over-the-counter drugs to feature a similar-looking Drug Facts box.

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Bar Admissions:
Illinois, 2002
U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, 2003
Education:
Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago-Kent College of Law, Chicago, Illinois
J.D.
Honors: Summa Cum Laude
Honors: Order of Coif
Law Review: Chicago-Kent Law Review, 1999 - 2001


Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine, Chicago, Illinois
B.S.
Honors: Summa Cum Laude
Major:  Biomedical Sciences


Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine, Chicago, Illinois
D.P.M., Doctor of Podiatric Medicine
Major:  Podiatric Medicine


Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska
B.A.
Honors: Dean's List
Major:  Psychology


Published Works:
What You Don't Know Can Hurt You: Why Managed Care Organizations have a Legal Duty to Disclose the Use of Financial Incentives to Limit Medical Care, 35 J. Hlth. L. 145, 2002


Policing the 'Wild West' World of Internet Pharmacies, 55 Food & Drug L. J. 619, 2000


Policing the 'Wild West' World of Internet Pharmacies, 76 Chi.-Kent L. Rev. 1333, 2001


Diagnosis and Treatment of Plantar Fasciitis Langer Biomechanics in Step, 1997


Honors and Awards:
1st Place, American Health Lawyer's Association Writing Competition, 2001 - Present


3rd Place, Food and Drug Law Institute's H. Thomas Austern Writing Awards Competition, 1999 - 2000


1st Place, Langer Biomechanics National Research & Writing Competition, 1997


2nd Place, Langer Biomechanics National Research & Writing Competition, 1996


American College of Foot & Ankle Orthopedics & Medicine Outstanding Student in Medicine Award, 1997


Professional Associations and Memberships:
Illinois Podiatric Medical Students Association, 1995 - 1996
President


Fraternities/Sororities:
Delta Zeta


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