Proposed food labeling changes would emphasize calorie info

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It’s increasingly commonplace – grocery shoppers browsing the aisles and checking food labels for all manner of information – fat, calories, carbs and more. And proposed changes to those labels will give shoppers even better, clearer information, according to a Kansas State University human nutrition specialist.

Earlier this year, the Food and Drug Administration proposed the first significant changes in 20 years to the nutrition facts label found on food packages.

“Quite frankly, we shouldn’t have to have reading glasses to be able to see the number of calories in food we’re considering buying in the grocery store,” said Sandy Procter, coordinator of the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program with K-State Research and Extension.  “The familiar design of the label is proposed to stay as is, but certain parts could be revised to help us better use the information.”

Procter outlined some of the proposed changes.

  • Updating serving size requirements and new labeling requirements for certain size packages.
  • Requiring declaration of “Added Sugars” under “Sugars.”
  • Removing “Calories from fat.”
  • Revising the nutrients of public health significance. Currently, calcium and iron are required; vitamin D and potassium also would be required.
  • Revising Daily Values for certain nutrients that are mandatory or voluntary. This includes calcium, sodium, dietary fiber and vitamin D. 

More information about the proposed changes is available at the Proposed Changes to the Nutrition Facts Label.

Information about human health and nutrition also is available at the K-State Research and Extension website

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EPI Labelers    
New Freedom, PA  |  May, 27, 2014 at 02:42 PM

We think one of the most important parts of the new labeling requirements is the serving size updates. Sizes for popular foods have changed and usually don't reflect the marketing. Something that is a 'grab and go' snack or meal often is more than 1 serving - making the nutritional information confusing. Hopefully this will help!

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