Public Comment Period on Food Label Changes Ending Soon
May 20, 2014
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: