IN THE INFORMATION AGE, RETAILERS CAN PLAY A BIG ROLE

Come Jan. 1, food companies are supposed to disclose the amount of dreaded trans fats in their products. They're also required to start listing the presence of eight common food allergens, including wheat, milk and soy.Even McDonald's, the poster child for all that's wrong with Americans' eating habits, is joining the disclosure trend. Hoping to diffuse criticism from consumer groups, the fast-food

Come Jan. 1, food companies are supposed to disclose the amount of dreaded trans fats in their products. They're also required to start listing the presence of eight common food allergens, including wheat, milk and soy.

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