FDA Wants to Revise Nutrition Facts Label

Silver Spring, MD-The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says it wants more information about sugar on the Nutrition Facts label for packaged foods.

FDA has proposed requiring the percent daily value (%DV) for added sugars in foods, which adds to its other proposed Nutrition Facts label revisions from 2014. According to the agency, "The percent daily value would be based on the recommendation that the daily intake of calories from added sugars not exceed 10 percent of total calories." FDA initially suggested simply adding the amount of added sugars to Nutrition Facts labels.

FDA also wants to see a change in the current footnote on Nutrition Facts labels "to help consumers understand the percent daily value concept." The agency says it will soon release data from consumer studies about the declaration of added sugars and the footnote.

Public comments on these changes can be submitted here beginning July 27.

Published in WholeFoods Magazine, September 2015 (online 7/24/15)