On May 20, the FDA issued new guidance on food labelling, bringing it more in line with Europe and the aim to create greater standardisation in the way health and nutrition information is presented to the consumer.
The FDA’s new Nutrition Facts label guidance applies to packaged foods. It is designed to make it easier for consumers to make better informed food choices, by ensuring that labelling reflects the latest scientific information. This includes the link between diet and chronic diseases, such as obesity and heart disease.
The label format being replaced is more than 20 years old. The changes reflect updated scientific information, new nutrition and public health research, more recent dietary recommendations from expert groups, and input from the public. New requirements include updated serving sizes, and a refreshed design which highlights information such as calorie content, portion size, added sugar content. New nutrients must be declared too, including Vitamin D and potassium, to combat associated deficiencies.
This article is taken from Inside Food Magazine, July 2016