National Nutrition Monitoring and Related Research Act
National Nutrition Monitoring and Related Research Act,
n.pr legislation passed by the United States Congress in 1990 that required manufacturers of food products to reveal the fat, including unsaturated and saturated fats, sodium, cholesterol, fiber, sugar, carbohydrate, and protein carbohydrate content in their foods. As a result of this act, the Food and Drug Administration set definitions and standards for descriptions commonly applied to food, such as lean, low, reduced, light, and so forth. Labeling is required for the top 20 vegetables, fruits, shellfish, and fish. The legis-lation also allowed for claims originating from an endorsement or a third-party reference. Under the legislation, the United States Department of Agriculture or USDA and US Department of Health and Human Services or HHS must publish dietary guidelines for Americans at least once every five years.