FDA Proposes New Food Label Rules

ucm387151The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday proposed a redesigned Nutrition Facts label for packaged foods, highlighting calorie counts and recalculating serving sizes, in an effort to reduce the Americans’ rate of chronic diseases such as obesity and heart disease.

“For 20 years consumers have come to rely on the iconic nutrition label to help them make healthier food choices,” said FDA Commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg, M.D. “To remain relevant, the FDA’s newly proposed Nutrition Facts label incorporates the latest in nutrition science as more has been learned about the connection between what we eat and the development of serious chronic diseases impacting millions of Americans.”

The proposed changes affect all packaged foods except certain meat, poultry, and processed egg products, which are regulated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service.

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