First Lady and nutrition: USDA and FDA propose sweeping food labelling and marketing regulations

By Mary B Langowski and Tiffani V Williams

First Lady Michelle Obama and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have released two long-awaited proposed regulations that would for the first time in 20 years make significant changes to the nutrition information found on food and dietary supplement labels.  

The proposals would make a number of changes to update the nutrition facts label, including: required information on the amount of ‘added sugars’ in a product; updated serving size requirements to more accurately reflect consumption; emphasised certain label elements, such as calories and serving sizes and; presented dual-column labels to indicate both ‘per serving’ and ‘per package’ for larger packages of food that could be consumed in multiple settings.

The proposed regulations will be subject to a 90-day comment period after publication in the Federal Register

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