Proposed US food labels would highlight calories, added sugars, and serving sizes

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 28 February 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g1852
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. 1Seattle

The US Food and Drug Administration has proposed the first major revision in two decades of the nutrition facts labels on packaged foods.1

The proposed changes would require the labels to highlight calories and added sugars and to show serving sizes that more accurately reflect the portions that people actually eat.

“The current nutrition label has served us well for the past 20 years, but we must be sure that what is iconic doesn’t become a relic,” said Margaret Hamburg, the FDA commissioner. “The proposed changes to the nutrition facts label should make it easier than ever to judge a food by its label and reflect the latest evidence on how what we eat affects our health.”

The proposal is due to be published in the Federal Register on 3 …

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