Thursday, June 2, 2016

FDA Updates Nutrition Labels

The Food and Drug Administration finalized a rule last week to update Nutritional Fact Labels on food products. The updates include a new design for the label that highlights calories and serving sizes, as well as new serving sizes that more closely reflect the amount of food people actually eat. The update will include two columns that list both “per serving” and “per package” calorie and nutrition information for certain products consumed in one or multiple sittings like a pint of ice cream or 3-ounce bag of chips. The rule also includes a provision that forces food producers to list the grams and a percent daily value for added sugar, that is ingredients like high fructose corn syrup they add to a product’s natural sugars. Other changes to the label include a requirement for products like a 20 ounce soda that’s consumed in one sitting to be labeled as one serving and removing from labels “calories from fat,” but “Total Fat,” “Saturated Fat” and “Trans Fat” will remain. Food groups up in arms over the new requirement have accused the Food and Drug Administration of pushing forward without the proper science to back it up.

Source: The Hill, 5/20/16, Food Label Update

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