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Proposed changes at a glance
The FDA is proposing to update the Nutrition Facts label found on most food packages in the United States. The Nutrition Facts label, introduced 20 years ago, helps
consumers make informed food choices and maintain healthy dietary practices. If
adopted, the proposed changes would include the following.
1. Greater Understanding of Nutrition Science
* Require information about "added sugars." Many experts recommend consuming
fewer calories from added sugar because they can decrease the intake of nutrientrich foods while increasing calorie intake.
* Update daily values for nutrients like sodium, dietary fiber and Vitamin D. Daily
values are used to calculate the Percent Daily Value listed on the label, which help
consumers understand the nutrition information in the context of a total daily diet.
* Require manufacturers to declare the amount of potassium and Vitamin D on the
label, because they are new "nutrients of public health significance." Calcium and
iron would continue to be required, and Vitamins A and C could be included on a
* While continuing to require "Total Fat," "Saturated Fat," and "Trans Fat" on the
label, "Calories from Fat" would be removed because research shows the type of
fat is more important than the amount.
2. Updated Serving Size Requirements and New Labeling Requirements for
Certain Package Sizes
* Change the serving size requirements to reflect how people eat and drink today,
which has changed since serving sizes were first established 20 years ago. By law,
the label information on serving sizes must be based on what people actually eat,
changes ultimately serve to inform, and not confuse,
not on what they "should" be eating.
* Require that packaged foods, including drinks, that are typically eaten in one
sitting be labeled as a single serving and that calorie and nutrient information be
The Nutrition Facts label is found on roughly 700,000
declared for the entire package. For example, a 20-ounce bottle of soda, typically
products. The updates announced Feb. 27 support First
consumed in a single sitting, would be labeled as one serving rather than as more
Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move! initiative in its ongoing
than one serving.
efforts to provide parents and families with access to
* For certain packages that are larger and could be consumed in one sitting or
information that helps them make healthier choices.
multiple sittings, manufacturers would have to provide "dual column" labels to
indicate both "per serving" and "per package" calories and nutrient information.
"Our guiding principle here is very simple: that you as
Examples would be a 24-ounce bottle of soda or a pint of ice cream. This way,
a parent and a consumer should be able to walk into
people would be able to easily understand how many calories and nutrients they
your local grocery store, pick up an item off the shelf,
are getting if they eat or drink the entire package at one time.
and be able to tell whether it's good for your family," says
Michelle Obama. "So this is a big deal, and it's going to
3. Refreshed Design
make a big difference for families all across this country."
* Make calories and serving sizes more prominent to emphasize parts of the label
that are important in addressing current public health concerns such as obesity,
The proposed updates are intended to reflect the latest
diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
scientific information about the link between diet and
* Shift the Percent Daily Value to the left of the label, so it would come first. This is
chronic diseases such as obesity and heart disease. The
important because the Percent Daily Value tells you how much of certain nutrients
proposed label would also replace out-of-date serving
you are getting from a particular food in the context of a total daily diet.
sizes to better align with the amount consumers actually
eat, and it would feature a fresh design to highlight key
parts of the label such as calories and serving sizes.
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Instore - March/April 2014
Editor's Note - The Thanksgiving Issue
What's in store for Nov. + Dec.
Table of Contents
News - Industry Mourns Loss of Carol Christison
On Our Radar
Trending - Muffins
Trending - Deli Prepared Foods
Regulation - Nutrition Labels
Proposed changes at a glance
Consider Whole Grains
The Flavors of a Diverse America
Connecting to Communities
All You Need is Cheese
Embracing Hispanic Trends
Product Trends - First to Market
Product Showcase/Ad Index
Next Up - Christmas and New Year's
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