FDA Updating Nutrition Labels

The Food and Drug Administration will be revising food labels in efforts to combat the obesity epidemic.

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In the coming months, the Food and Drug Administration plans to revamp the nutrition facts labels found on packaged foods, a change the agency has been working toward since 2003. The proposed updates include more realistic serving sizes, an increased emphasis on calorie content and ingredients, and the possible omission of daily percent values and other components that the FDA has deemed unhelpful to consumers. FDA Deputy Commissioner Michael Taylor tells the Associated Press, “There’s no question obesity is a central public health concern that the nutrition-facts panel can play a role in. It’s obviously not a magic wand but it can be an informative tool.”

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