Some Changes to the Nutrition Facts Label

Nutrition Facts Label comparisonOn May 20, 2016, the FDA finalized the new Nutrition Facts Label  for packaged foods.  Why these changes? It was noted that “the new label will make it easier for consumers to make informed food choices”.  So what are the major changes?  An increased font size was made for Serving Size, amount per serving and for Calories, both the for the word and for the numerical amount.  As noted in an earlier blog, a welcome addition is the line, “Includes –g added sugars” as a subline under Total Sugars.   This tells the consumer how much of the Total Sugar was added by the manufacturer (and presumably, this may cause less sugar to be added).  Additions to the label include Vitamin D and potassium, nutrients which it was pointed out, are often lacking in the diet of many people. Calcium and iron continue to be required, but Vitamins A and C are now optional. Although these changes are welcome and certainly represent an improvement over the current label, manufacturers have until July 26, 2018 to use the new label, although manufacturers with less than $10 million dollars in food sales have an additional year to make the changes.  More on some of the rationale for these changes in a following blog.

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