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Health Highlights: April 15, 2016

New Labels Will Advise Consumers How Often to Eat Uncle Bens', Other Products

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New Labels Will Advise Consumers How Often to Eat Uncle Bens', Other Products

Mars Food -- maker of Uncle Ben's foods -- is developing labels for its products to inform consumers how often they should be eating them.

The labels will recommend consuming healthy products everyday and suggest those higher in salt, fat or sugar should be eaten occasionally, or once a week, ABC News reported.

The kinds of labels have not been finalized because Mars Food, and division of Mars Inc., is conducting research on what will be the most effective for consumers. The first-of-a-kind program could be used on Uncle Ben's and Mars' Seeds of Change organic products.

The labels will not be used on Mars Chocolate's brands.

"This initiative applies only to Mars Food for the time being, and we will be rolling out the labels across the global product portfolio," a Mars Food spokeswoman told ABC News.

It's expected the "occasional" label will be used on just a few products in the U.S., she added.

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