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From Label to Table Xaq Frohlich

From Label to Table By Xaq Frohlich

From Label to Table by Xaq Frohlich

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From Label to Table: Regulating Food in America in the Information Age by Xaq Frohlich

How did the Nutrition Facts label come to appear on millions of everyday American household food products? As Xaq Frohlich reveals, this legal, scientific, and seemingly innocuous strip of information can be a prism through which to view the high-stakes political battles and development of scientific ideas that have shaped the realms of American health, nutrition, and public communication. By tracing policy debates at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Frohlich describes the emergence of our present information age in food and diet markets and examines how powerful government offices inform the public about what they consume. From Label to Table explores evolving popular ideas about food, diet, and responsibility for health that have influenced what goes on the Nutrition Facts label-and who gets to decide that.

About Xaq Frohlich

Xaq Frohlich is Associate Professor of History of Technology at Auburn University. He works on issues relating to food and risk at the intersections of science, law, and markets.

Table of Contents


A Note on Primary Sources

Introduction: Food and Power in the Information Age
1. An Age of Standards
2. Gatekeepers and Hidden Persuaders
3. Malnourished or Misinformed?
4. The Market Turn
5. A Government Brand
6. Labeling Lifestyles
Conclusion: The Informational Turn in Food Politics

Selected Bibliography

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From Label to Table: Regulating Food in America in the Information Age by Xaq Frohlich
University of California Press
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