Proposed Food Labels More In Line With Reality

Comment on FDA rule by June 2nd

Today’s savvy consumers look at food labels before purchasing food. Most shoppers also know that the serving sizes are often unrealistic.

But, figuring out how many calories, grams of fat and milligrams of sugar you will actually be consuming can feel like an unrelenting third grade arithmetic problem. And, what is that percentage of iron and calcium based on anyway? When you are blazing through the grocery aisles to get your shopping done before House of Cards begins, you hardly have time to do the math in your head or to pull out your calculator. Now, you can change the labeling requirements.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has proposed new food labeling regulations intended to:

  • Provide information based on realistic serving sizes
  • Reflect up-to-date nutrition science data
  • Refresh the design to make the label easier to read and understand

You have until June 2nd to comment on the proposed food labeling revisions. Review the proposed regulations at the Federal Registry:

To make your voice heard, click on the green “submit a formal comment” button at the right of your screen below the rule title.

For more information, check out the FDA’s examples of the proposed food label and serving sizes and its answers to frequently asked questions.

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