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FDA Proposes Food Label Changes — Physician’s First Watch

Medical News |
February 28, 2014

FDA Proposes Food Label Changes

By Amy Orciari Herman

The FDA has proposed changes to the format of the "Nutrition Facts" portion of food labels. The changes reflect the current understanding of diet and chronic disease and place more emphasis on calories and serving size.

Among the changes proposed:

  • Inclusion of "Added Sugars" in the "Total Carbohydrate" section

  • Updated serving sizes that are more in line with how much people actually eat

  • Separate "per serving" and "per package" nutrition information for larger packages

  • Mandatory inclusion of potassium and vitamin D content, with information on vitamins A and C becoming optional

  • Removal of "Calories from Fat," because the type of fat is more significant than the amount

  • Much larger fonts for calorie and serving size information

The updates apply to all packaged foods except some meat, poultry, and processed egg products, which are overseen by the Department of Agriculture.

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