The FDA made it its goal earlier this year, previous post Changes to Out Date Nutrition Labels, to update the 20 year old nutrition facts panel. The Nutrition Facts label was introduced in 1993 and since then the American diet has immensely changed. As the rates of obesity, as well as other public health problems, rise to drastic highs many have blamed the food products we consume. Michele Obama has been one of the leading voices for making a healthier America with the “Let’s Move” initiative.
What will the changes look like? Michael Landa said, “The proposed new label is intended to bring attention to calories and serving sizes, which are important in addressing these problems. Further, we are now proposing to require the listing of added sugars. The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends reducing calories from added sugars and solid fats,” director of the FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition.
What will be different? Proposed vs old.
- emphasis and bold in some areas like calories & serving size
- no more calories from fat
- update Daily Values
- amount of potassium & Vitamin D will be required
- update serving size to reflect what is typically eaten
- & more
This proposal has not entered a 90 day public waiting period for comments. After the 90-day comment period, the FDA will issue a final ruling. They hope to complete that process within a year. Manufacturers will have 2 years to get the new labels on packages.