It has been widely reported that, for the first time in two decades, the FDA has proposed a major overhaul of nutrition labeling on food packages (see the mockup of the proposed new label).
Among the most significant changes in the potential redesign are
- changing how serving sizes are calculated and displayed,
- making calorie counts more prominent,
- removing the “Calories from Fat” line,
- shifting “Percent Daily Values” to the left for reader ease,
- requiring some package sizes to show both “per serving” and “per package” calorie and nutrition counts,
- mandating information about added sugars, and
- requiring vitamin D and potassium counts, but making counts for vitamins A and C optional.
We will likely be living with these changes for many years to come. If you were at the table with the decision makers, what changes would you lobby for? Share your ideas with editor in chief Sandy Todd Webster at [email protected]