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Sunday, January 24, 2016

SmartLabel Tells You What's In That Cat Food

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If you're one of those people who breaks out a magnifying glass so you can read the ingredients list on your cats' cans and bags of food, this should be very good news.

The Grocery Manufacturers Association has developed a SmartLabel that will provide detailed information about the food you're about to purchase. All you have to do is scan the product's bar code with your phone.

More than 30 companies, including some pet food manufacturers, have already committed to using SmartLabels on their packaging.


The Grocery Manufacturers Association expects more than 30,000 products will have the new labels by the end of 2017.

Scanning the labels will take you to a web page that lists ingredients and other nutritional information, allergens and more. But the one thing the page might not list is whether the product contains GMOs. While many manufacturers will include information about genetically modified ingredients, others will not until there's a uniform national standard for GMOs.

If you don't feel like scanning labels with your phone, you can also access each product's web page on your computer. Of course, you can always use your phone to go to the manufacturer's website and check ingredients while you're in the store. That's what I do now because I got tired of carrying a magnifying glass around with me.

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