The Proposed Nutrition Facts Panel Makeover
By Judith Riddle
The media and those working in the food and nutrition industry all have been abuzz since the FDA announced on Thursday that it’s proposing to update the Nutrition Facts label on packaged foods for the first time in 20 years to make it easier for consumers to make better informed food choices.
As many of you know, the FDA is proposing two different types of label designs: a single column or double column format to update serving sizes and daily values, feature calories and serving sizes in larger type, and showcase information about the amount of added sugars in a food product, among other modifications.
On Monday, March 3, the FDA plans to publish two proposed rules in the Federal Register: Food Labeling: Revision of the Nutrition and Supplement Facts Labels and Food Labeling: Serving Sizes of Foods That Can Reasonably Be Consumed at One-Eating Occasion et al.
To learn more about the different label formats, the proposed label changes, and other specifics, visit the FDA’s website for “Proposed Changes to the Nutrition Facts Label.”
— Judith Riddle is editor of Today’s Dietitian.