March 25, 2014
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has proposed to update the Nutrition Facts label for packaged foods to reflect the latest scientific information, including the link between diet and chronic diseases such as obesity and heart disease.
The proposed label also would replace out-of-date serving sizes to better align with how much people really eat, and it would feature a fresh design to highlight key parts of the label such as calories and serving sizes.
Some of the changes to the label being proposed by the FDA would:
- Require information about the amount of “added sugars” in a food product.
- Update serving size requirements to reflect the amounts people currently eat.
- Present “dual column” labels to indicate both “per serving” and “per package” calorie and nutrition information for larger packages that could be consumed in one sitting or multiple sittings.
The agency is accepting public comment on the proposed changes for 90 days.