Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that the improvements to the nutrition facts label on packaged foods have been finalized. These are the most significant changes to the nutrition facts label in 20 years! The new food label has been updated to reflect current scientific research and will help consumers make informed decisions on their food choices. Manufactures will need to use the new nutrition facts label by July 26, 2018, and manufactures with less than $10 million in annual foods sales will have an additional year to comply.
Some key changes that you will see include:
- Servings and calories will be highlighted and easier to see.
- Serving sizes will reflect the amount of food people currently eat, not what they should eat. For example, the serving size for ice cream will increase from ½ cup to 2/3 cup.
- The calories and nutrients in packages between one and two servings will be labeled as one serving since most people consume this in one sitting. For example, a 20 ounce soft drink will be labeled as one serving instead of 2 1/2 servings.
- Daily values for sodium, dietary fiber, and vitamin D will reflect current recommendations.
- Added sugars will be included under total sugars for consumers to distinguish between natural sugars and added sugars.
- Vitamin D and potassium, two key nutrients consumers typically lack, will added to the food label.
You can learn more about these and upcoming changes here.