As anticipated, the FDA has announced its proposed updates to the Nutrition Facts label for food packages.
Proposed changes include:
- Including “added sugars” on the label to help consumers know how much sugar has been added to the product.
- Updating serving size requirements to reflect the amounts people currently eat.
- Adding “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.
- Requiring the declaration of potassium and vitamin D.
- Revising the Daily Values for a variety of nutrients such as sodium, dietary fiber and Vitamin D.
- Removing total “Calories from Fat” but continue to require information on “Total Fat,” “Saturated Fat,” and “TransFat.”
- Refreshing format to emphasize certain elements, such as calories, serving sizes and Percent Daily Value.
None of these proposals were unexpected. The FDA will accept public comment on the proposal for 90 days.