In a proposal released on February 27, 2014 by the Food and Drug Administration, updates will be made to nutrition labeling on food packages for the first time in over two decades.
Americans may be in for a shock when they see what they are consuming. On labels, what is considered a serving size will be larger, the type used to display calories will get bolder and added sugars will have to be listed on about 700,000 consumer products.
Michelle Obama is passionate about the need for this change. In her nutrition label announcement on behalf of the Obama Administration, she emphasized the significance of this change to the American people. “This is a huge deal, and it’s going to make a big difference for families across this country.”
It is hoped the new nutrition labels will be put into effect over the next two years, giving food companies time to adopt the new food labels.
One of the most significant changes in the proposal will be changing the serving sizes listed on nutrition facts. Since people eat more than what is considered one serving on current labels, portions will be larger to indicate the greater amount of calories being consumed.
This is a controversial issue, and expected to rile up the food industry. According to an article published on Politico’s website, “Industry groups already are looking at a long list of food changes from the Obama administration, including a proposed trans fat ban, major new food-safety regulations and forthcoming restaurant menu-labeling requirements. The FDA estimates the Nutrition Facts overhaul alone will cost the industry about $2 billion.”
However, this clearly is a necessary wake up call for Americans, and will help conquer obesity throughout the nation.
For more information and to hear Michelle Obama’s announcement, visit the article on Politico: http://www.politico.com/story/2014/02/michelle-obama-nutrition-label-changes-food-policy-fda-obama-administration-104023.html