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FDA Proposes Revisions to the Nutrition Facts Label (United States)

August 18, 2015

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has proposed additional revisions to the Nutrition Facts label for packaged foods. The revision includes the requirement for the declaration of the percent daily value (%DV) for added sugars. The percent daily value would be based on the recommendation that the daily intake of calories from added sugars not exceed 10 percent of total calories.

The proposal to include added sugars to the Nutrition Label is being supported by newly reviewed studies suggesting healthy dietary patterns, including lower amounts of sugar-sweetened foods and beverages, are strongly associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease.

This rule is a supplement to the March 3, 2014 proposed rule on updating the Nutrition Facts.

The current labeling rules only requires the percent daily value be listed for total fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, sodium, total carbohydrate, dietary fiber, calcium and iron.

FDA also proposes to include the following footnote on the Nutrition Facts label to help consumers understand the percent daily value concept stating:

*The percent daily value (%DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

The FDA is accepting public comments as of July 27, 2015.