FDA Proposes Nutrition Label Overhaul to Reflect Realistic Eating Habits


The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has proposed a major overhaul for nutrition labels that appear on food packaging, highlighting calorie counts and changing serving sizes to more closely match what Americans actually consume.

This will be the first significant change for nutrition labels since the early 1990s, when they were first required, according to The New York Times. Prior labels were not up to date with current eating habits and dietary recommendations.

According to the FDA’s website, changes include:

  • The calorie count will appear larger and in bold font.
  • All added sugars, which are known to contribute to the national epidemics of obesity and diabetes, will be listed.
  • The “amount per serving” section will refer to a specific amount, such as “amount per cup.”
  • Serving sizes will be changed to reflect what people actually tend to eat, rather than what they should eat.
  • The Percent Daily Value (%DV) section will be updated and shifted to the left side of the label.
  • Potassium and vitamin D values will be required on the label.
  • Calories from fat will no longer be included, but total, saturated and trans fats will be listed.

Proposed changes to the labels will be open to public commentary for 90 days, after which final decisions will be made. The FDA plans to give food companies two years to switch to the new labels.

Get information about how to contact the FDA about the proposed changes to food labels here.

Current and Proposed Labels Source: FDA