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As the Nutrition Label Turns

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The nutrition label on packaged products is to be revamped—but when is anyone’s guess. The Obama administration approved a July 2018 deadline, which the Trump team pushed back to January 2020, citing concerns that industry needed more time to comply (the 2020 date is for larger companies; smaller businesses have a year longer).

In March, the FDA issued guidance to industry on the new labels, prompting some consumer advocacy organizations to urge the FDA to move up compliance dates. After all, more than 15,000 products on shelves already carry the new label.

The most notable changes include the addition of added sugars, larger type for the calorie count, and serving sizes based on amounts customarily consumed. The FDA noted that once the revised labels are on all packages, it plans to launch a major educational campaign with videos, social media updates and web tools to help consumers use the new information to make healthier choices.

Natalie Digate Muth, MD, MPH, RD

"Natalie Digate Muth, MD, MPH, RDN, FAAP, is a board-certified pediatrician and obesity medicine physician, registered dietitian and health coach. She practices general pediatrics with a focus on healthy family routines, nutrition, physical activity and behavior change in North County, San Diego. She also serves as the senior advisor for healthcare solutions at the American Council on Exercise. Natalie is the author of five books and is committed to helping every child and family thrive. She is a strong advocate for systems and communities that support prevention and wellness across the lifespan, beginning at 9 months of age."

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