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FDA Expected To Change Nutrition Labels After 20 Years

Updated: Monday, January 27 2014, 07:31 AM CST

Soon calorie counters will be a little more informed about the food they're buying. The Federal Drug Administration has decided to update nutritional labels after 20 years, but there are a few catches.

The FDA hasn't released what new information will be on them and when these changes are expected to happen. The agency has said nutrition has evolved over the years and our labels need to reflect that. Suggestions to the labels include making the number of calories more prominent, displaying the amount of added sugar and percentage of whole wheat, clearly define serving sizes and add a line for sugars and syrups not naturally occurring.

Another concern that may be addressed, currently most nutrients are listed in grams, which is based on the metric system. Health experts are calling for the new label to be measured in teaspoons so the public can better understand serving sizes. Putting labels on the front of packages has also been suggested.

The FDA has sent guidelines for the labels to the White House, but there's no set date on when they will be released.

 

FDA Expected To Change Nutrition Labels After 20 Years


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