FDA Proposes New Nutrition Label Rules

28 February 2014
Written by Hannah


Since the nutrition label was first introduced in 1993 a lot has changed.  In an effort to make nutrition labels easier to read, The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has proposed new labeling rules to provide clearer nutrition information to consumers.

Significant changes include a more prominent calorie count and the addition of "added sugar" content. Calorie counts per container will be revised as well to display the actual count in some containers, rather than calories per serving. Additionally, calories from fat will no long be listed, but instead highlight total saturated and trans fats.  The FDA also proposes updating serving size requirements to reflect the reality of what people actually eat, not on what they "should" be eating.  Should the changes be adapted, daily values for various nutrients will be updated by the FDA and the amounts of potassium and Vitamin D would be required on the new nutrition label.

The proposed changes will likely not be seen on grocery store shelves for at least two years; to learn more visit the FDA’s Consumer Updates website.