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News: The Proposed New Look for the Food Label

Nutrition facts new look

The nutrition label currently on packaged food has been in place since the early 1990s. But earlier this year, the FDA announced that the Nutrition Facts label would be undergoing a makeover.

The nutrition label currently on packaged food has been in place since the early 1990s. But earlier this year, the FDA announced that the Nutrition Facts label would be undergoing a makeover.

Proposed Changes:

One of the major changes will be the emphasis on calories and serving sizes. The calories will appear in a larger, bold font, while the serving sizes will be a more accurate reflection of how most people eat today.

A 20-fluid ounce soda bottle that typically has 2.5 servings per container will now be labeled as one serving - so consumers will no longer need to calculate the total amounts on their own.

The existing "calories from fat" will be removed but the listings will continue to include amounts for total fat, saturated fat and trans fat.

A separate line entry for added sugars will be included. This will help consumers identify foods of high nutrient density. For example, yogurt may contain natural sugar (from the milk) as well as sugars that are added to the product to further sweeten it. The food label as presented now does not offer any distinction between natural and added sugars.

The percent daily values will also be shifting to the left, making them easier to find.

The nutrients displayed on the bottom on the label will change. The required nutrients will now be iron, calcium, vitamin D and potassium - while Vitamins A and C would be optional to display.

If the label goes into effect after the current review period, food manufacturers would have two years to comply with any changes. Healthy Regards from your Nutrition Team at Pasadena City College.

Release Date: 04/16/2014
Contact: Priya Venkatesan , Instructor, Health Sciences Division
Phone: (626) 585-3378
Email: pxvenkatesan@pasadena.edu