Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, whose district includes part of Shelton, and U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal are pushing a proposed bill designed to cut down on what they say are confusing and misleading information that consumers encounter on today\u2019s food packages. The Food Labeling Modernization Act of 2013 would address front-of-package labeling, misleading health claims, and requiring updates to the Nutrition Facts Panel and the ingredient list, according to its supporters. \u201cClear, accurate and fair\u2019 \u201cThe Food Labeling Modernization Act will give food labeling requirements in America a major, common-sense, and long-overdue overhaul by making sure food labels are a clear, accurate and fair representation of the product,\u201d said DeLauro, a Democrat in her 12th term. DeLauro said the legislation would provide more information to American families, and therefore \u201ccould have a significant impact on fighting obesity.\u201d Blumenthal, a Democrat from Connecticut in his first term, agreed. \u201cGrocery stores throughout the country are filled with products that bear labels with deceptive dietary information,\u201d he said. \u201cThe Food Labeling Modernization Act updates laws that haven\u2019t been touched since 1930s, ensuring that consumers will know what they\u2019re eating and parents will know what they\u2019re feeding their kids,\u201d Blumenthal said. Help consumers evaluate and compare DeLauro, Blumenthal and U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., a New Jersey Democrat, have been joined by consumer advocates in backing the bill. They said nutrition information, ingredient lists, and health-related claims on food labels can play an important role in the battle against obesity and diet-related diseases, which are responsible for hundreds of thousands of premature deaths in the United States each year, as well as increased healthcare costs. Major food labeling provisions of the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act have not been updated since 1990 and in some cases have not been changed since 1938, the bill\u2019s supporters said. \u201cAs a result, labels do not provide the information that today\u2019s consumer needs to evaluate and compare products in order to make healthy choices,\u201d according to a release from DeLauro\u2019s office. Would require standard nutrition labels In an effort to help consumers select healthy products, the Food Labeling Modernization Act\u2019s would direct the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to establish a single, standard front of package nutrition labeling system in a timely manner for all food products required to bear nutrition labeling. The bill also would strengthen current law to target trends in marketing that confuse or mislead consumers when they are attempting to compare food products, supporters said. Specifically, the legislation would require new guidelines for the use of the words \u201chealthy\u201d or \u201cmade with whole grain.\u201d The bill also would require the daily percentage values for calories and sugar, as well as the amount of sugar that is not naturally occurring, be listed on the Nutrition Facts Panel. Are food claims real? Michael F. Jacobson, executive director of the Center for Science in the Public Health, backs the measure. "This bill would give consumers confidence that the claims they read on food labels \u2014 like 'healthy,' 'natural,' 'made with whole grains,' and so on \u2014 are grounded in reality,\u201d Jacobson said. "Simply by making ingredient lists legible,\u201d he said, \u201cthis bill would be a historic advance for consumers. Anyone who shops or eats should support the efforts of Sen. Blumenthal and Reps. Pallone and DeLauro to end the chaos on food labels."