FDA is updating nutritional labels for packaged food and beverage drinks for the first time in 2 decades

from: Zach Hester, WHNT, Nexstar media cable

Posted: 07/26/2021 / 1:28 PM EDT
Updated: 7/26/2021 / 1:28 PM EDT

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(WHNT) – Federal agencies updated nutrition labeling on packaged foods and beverages for the first time in 20 years.

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the changes are required due to updated scientific information, new nutritional research, and public input.

“The refreshed design and updated information on the label will make it easier for you to make informed food choices that will contribute to lifelong healthy eating habits,” the FDA stated.

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The FDA’s new awareness campaign – “The New Nutrition Facts Label: What’s in it for you?” – seeks to raise awareness of the changes, including:

  • Portion sizes: Serving sizes and servings per container have been updated to reflect the amount people typically eat and drink today. The nutritional information given in the “Daily Value” section generally relates to a portion of food and is not a recommendation for the amount to be consumed.
  • Calories: Calories are now displayed in a larger, bold font. The FDA still recommends around 2,000 calories per day as a general dietary recommendation, but that can change based on factors such as age, gender, height, weight, and physical activity.
  • Daily values: Updates to the Daily Values ​​section, which shows how much certain nutrients in the diet contribute to a daily diet, could make the Daily Percentage (% DV) on the new label higher or lower. The footnote at the bottom of the label has also been expanded to better explain% DV.
  • New label additions: The Daily Values ​​section of the label now shows added sugars, vitamin D, and potassium. Calories from fat along with vitamins A and C will no longer appear on the label.

(US Food and Drug Administration)

The new campaign will include reach across multiple platforms including advertising, social media, videos and downloadable educational materials.

For more information on the updated label, see the Nutrition Label News page on fda.gov.

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