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Requirements Could Be Changing For Nutrition Facts Labels!
Have you heard? The FDA has proposed updates to Nutrition Facts labels on food packages. This is big news for consumers, the entire food industry and of course the label industry!
You may know there are changes being made to food labels, you may think changes aren’t needed or you may be completely on board with changes being made to Nutrition Facts labels. But, do you know the changes that are being proposed? The list of changes include:
- Require information about the amount of “added sugars” in a food product.
- Update serving size requirements to reflect the amounts people currently eat.
- Present “dual column” labels to indicate both “per serving” and “per package” calorie and nutrition information for larger packages that could be consumed in one sitting or multiple sittings.
- Require the declaration of potassium and vitamin D, nutrients that some in the U.S. population are not getting enough of.
- Revise the Daily Values for a variety of nutrients such as sodium, dietary fiber and Vitamin D.
- Continue to require “Total Fat”, “Saturated Fat”, and “Trans Fat” on the label but remove “Calories from Fat”.
- Refresh the format to emphasize certain elements, such as calories, serving sizes and Percent Daily Value.
The goal of these new proposals is to make shopping, cooking and eating an easier and healthier option for individuals and families. These new labels would also try to help consumers lower their risk of certain diseases by making labels easier to read!
Out of all the proposed changes, which changes do you think will benefit you the most? Do you think it’s time to change Nutrition Facts labels? Share your answers on our Facebook, Google+ and Twitter pages, using #SLIBlog!