The FDA rolled out new label requirements last week, which include new details on how much added sugar is in food and some other typeface changes to help consumers better understand what they’re really putting into their bodies. The labels have to reflect what people will realistically eat, not what they should eat.
“In addition to added sugars, new nutrients that must be declared include Vitamin D, which is important in bone development, and potassium, which is good for controlling blood pressure; both nutrients of which people aren’t getting enough,” FDA administrator Dr. Robert Califf said in a blog post.
While the change was announced last week, it will take time to implement. The FDA says most food manufacturers will be required to use the new label design by July 2018.
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