Public Comment Period on Food Label Changes Ending Soon

Public Comment Period on Food Label Changes Ending Soon

By Uma Pisharody, MD, FAAP
Pediatric Gastroenterologist

Time is running out if you want your opinion to be heard when it comes to the FDA’s proposed changes to the iconic food label that we’ve all come to rely on when buying packaged foods. 

This is a big deal.  For those of you who haven’t heard, highlighted below are the key proposed changes:

  • Require information about the amount of “added sugars”.  A review of this was discussed in Dr. Thekke Karumathil’s blog a few months ago.

  • Remove the “calories from fat” label

  • Update serving size requirements

  • Present “dual-column” labels to differentiate “per-serving” and “per-package” calorie and nutrition information

  • Only require the declaration of amounts of 4 nutrients (vit D, calcium, iron, and potassium).  No longer will nutrients like Vitamin A and C be required, although manufacturers may declare them voluntarily.

  • Refresh the format to emphasize calories, serving sizes, and percent daily value.

Here's what these changes would look like:
 
 Current Format:                                        Proposed Format:
                             
 
To read more and submit public comments, visit http://1.usa.gov/1qLH08r. The last day for submitting your comments is June 2nd, 2014.

Comments
Gina
I like the new changes! The added sugars section is a great new addition!
6/5/2014 5:46:49 AM
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