FDA Proposes Changes to Food Labels

April 16, 2014

LINCOLN, Neb. — The Food and Drug Administration is proposing changes to the nutrition facts label on food packages, a University of Nebraska-Lincoln food specialist said.

The changes would include a larger emphasis on calories and also require companies to list added sugars. In addition, calories would be listed in larger and bolder type.

"The calories just jump right out at you and so do the number of servings in the container," Albrecht said.

Albrecht said many people don't pay attention to the number of servings in a container, which can cause them to overeat.

Calories from fat would no longer be listed. However total, saturated and trans fat amounts would still be required.

Amounts of potassium and Vitamin D would also be listed.

The proposal currently is in its comment period. This means that the public can review the plan and submit comments and suggestions to the FDA.

The FDA has proposed that the food industry comply with the publication of any final rules within two years.

For more information, visit: http://www.fda.gov/food/guidanceregulation/guidancedocumentsregulatoryinformation/labelingnutrition/ucm385663.htm

Julie Albrecht, Ph.D.
Professor
Nutrition and Health Sciences
402-472-8884
jalbrecht1@unl.edu

Heather Haskins
Student Writer

Sandi Alswager Karstens
IANR News Service
402-472-3030, skarstens2@unl.edu