FDA’s New Food Labels Would Concentrate on Calories, Sugar Content

 

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Among the highlights: the new labels would replace out-of-date serving sizes, highlight calorie content and draw attention to “added sugars.” First Lady Michelle Obama said. Among the highlights: the new labels would replace out-of-date serving sizes, highlight calorie content and draw attention to “added sugars.” First Lady Michelle Obama said Thursday that America’s families will benefit from the proposed label makeover, which the FDA first unveiled last month. Among the highlights: the new labels would replace out-of-date serving sizes, highlight calorie content and draw attention to “added sugars.” First Lady Michelle Obama said Thursday that America’s families will benefit from the proposed label makeover, which the FDA first unveiled last month.

Title: FDA’s New Food Labels Would Focus on Calories, Sugar ContentCategory: Health NewsCreated: 2/27/2014 12:35:00 PMLast Editorial Review: 2/28/2014 12:00:00 AM. A focus on calories and the inclusion of added sugars are two of the biggest changes made to the Nutrition Facts Label, which hasn’t seen a major update since its inception more than 20 years ago. FDA’s Revamped Nutrition Labels Highlight Calories and Sugar. Among other changes, the new label requires that the amount of and percent Daily Value for Added Sugars be declared; the latter of which is based on 50 grams of added sugar.

It’s been in the works for some time, and is now set to become a reality by July 2018 — the Food and Drug Administration has announced that the redesigned Nutrition Facts labels on food and beverages sold in the U.S. must include a line for “added” sugars. First Lady Michelle Obama made the announcement last week about the label change. After reading the “added sugar” information now required by the FDA’s new food labels, it may be time to rethink your diet. 73% of African Americans said they did not have emergency funds to cover. 1. Calories Are Not the Only Enemy.

The first thing you notice about the new labels is how the section containing the caloric content has been bolded, with an increased font size. This is not by accident. Seeing as calories have become the first thing consumers look for, the new food label makes this information more easily accessible.

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Many processed foods, including bottled tomato sauce, have added sugars, which would be required under the proposed label. (Danny Nicholson/Flickr) By Allison.

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Critical note: According to the FDA, food manufacturers with $10 million or more in annual food sales must make this nutrition label change by January 1, 2020.

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In 2016 the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the new Nutrition Facts label for packaged foods to reflect new scientific information.

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FDA also sent letters to food manufacturers warning them not to label packaged foods with unrealistically small servings because this falsely reduces the apparent calorie count.

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In 2016 the FDA announced an update to the label, requiring “Added Sugars” to be added to enable consumers to be aware of the amount of sugar added to the product during the processing of foods (U.S. Food and Drug Administration, 2016).

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In 2011 the Grocery Manufacturers of America, representing all the major food manufacturers, introduced its own voluntary Facts Up Front front-of-pack nutrition labeling system under which companies can place an icon on food packaging that displays calories, saturated fat, salt, and sugar per serving.

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Increasingly, in addition to nutritional labelling, manufacturers are being encouraged (and in some countries required) to have ‘front of package’ labelling that highlights the fat, saturated fat, sugar, and salt content of the food.

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• Specify additional labelling requirements for food containing sweeteners, added sugar and sweeteners, aspartame or more than 10% polyols.

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In an effort to encourage consumers to make more informed decisions, changes on the new label include such things as highlighting calories per serving and serving sizes more prominently, featuring a separate line showing how much sugar has been added to the food, and including updated Dietary Value information.

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Food package labeling would improve by highlighting added sugars, and we hope a tested front-of-package system for this key information would be considered by legislators.

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  • Check or star?? Are we THAT stupid? How about the package saying “4 SERVINGS” on the front. Why are we falsely making serving sizes larger? We WANT to be fatter??

  • Great video and info. however it’s important to clarify that the majority of flavored yogurts have added sugars. plain unsweetened yogurt does not have added sugar. it’s very important to distinguish between the 2.

  • Wow you idiots want to label something like this but you won’t ladel GMO’s  snd show the other side of the poisons they want to put in your body. Well that just don’t sound too smart to me.

  • I am wondering, will they remove the poison that has been put in our can foods too? forget the label, will the food be better? Some can foods taste so bad, I rather eat grass. yummy:-)