FDA Makes Over The Nutrition Label To Emphasize Healthy Choices

FDA Makes Over The Nutrition Label To Emphasize Healthy Choices

The agency is proposing food label design changes to reduce confusion and allow people to determine whether a product is good for them.

Leah Gonzalez
  • 28 february 2014

The US Food and Drug Administration is proposing a redesign of the food nutrition label to make it more aligned with current realities about the way that people eat.

The Nutrition Facts label was first introduced in the early 1990’s to make sure consumers are informed of the nutritional value of food packages. The design of the label was based on nutrition data and the eating habits of the population in those times, but a lot has changed since then, including serving sizes and how much people know about the relationship between certain nutrients and the risks of disease. The FDA explains that the nutrition facts label needs to present information that can help consumers “make informed food choices and follow healthy dietary practices.”

In an article on the FDA’s Consumer Updates page, Michael Landa, director of FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, said that the proposed new label gives more attention to serving sizes and calories, which are key to addressing health problems like obesity and heart disease.

One of the key changes in the design of the label is the added emphasis on calories, which will be written in a larger, bolder typeface. Another major change that many consider controversial is the inclusion of  “Added Sugars.” The number of servings per package will also be emphasized and the actual serving size will be reflected in the “Amount Per Serving.” The FDA also proposes updating the serving size requirements to reflect what people actually eat as opposed to what they “should” eat. The redesigned nutrition facts label will also require the amounts of Vitamin D and potassium.

More information about the proposed changes to the nutrition facts label can be found on the FDA website. The proposal is also published on the Federal Register for 90 days so that people can read and comment. The FDA proposes that companies be given a period of two years to comply after publication of any final rules regarding the nutrition facts label.

US Food and Drug Administration

Source: The NY Times


Bicycle Hotel In Norway Makes Commuting A Breeze

Design & Architecture
Technology Yesterday

Umbrella Tells You Whether It's Needed Before You Go Out

Opus One was designed by former Samsung engineers and offers a weather forecast via the flashing LED on top

Sustainability Yesterday

Biocomposite Skateboard Provides An Eco-Friendly Ride

The Uitto is an eco-friendly skate deck crafted from Norwegian wood fibers


Get PSFK's Related Report: Sports Debrief

See All
Work Yesterday

Hyatt Honors Travelers With A 3D-Printed Statue Contest

The hospitality wanted to celebrate the people who go everywhere for work and make sure their tasks were not forgotten

Syndicated Yesterday

High-Tech Replica Brings Prehistoric Art Within Reach

A £48m recreation of the Lascaux Caves in France will let visitors experience the unique place for the first time in decades

Entertainment Yesterday

Tripod Lets You Make Snapchat Videos Hands-Free

The Camkix kit lets you record wirelessly from any angle

IoT Yesterday

GE Develops An Alexa-Enabled Table Lamp

The first in a line of interconnected home products will integrate Amazon's voice-activated system for smarter home living

Advertising Yesterday

Spotify Mines User Data To Create A Global Ad Campaign

The series of billboards relays the feelings that people express through listening to music


Future Of Retail 2017
Transformation Strategies For Customer-First Business

PSFK Op-Ed Yesterday

Why Personalization Is The Key To Customer Satisfaction

Andrew Blackmon of The Black Tux shares how the company is using machine-learning models to streamline the fitting process

PSFK Labs december 1, 2016

Retail Spotlight: Home Depot Reimagines How Employees Conduct Tasks

The home improvement retailer puts the customer first by initiating local fulfillment centers and simplifying freight-to-shelf inventory management

Food Yesterday

What Material Research In Beirut Bodes For Our Waste Crisis

Might building furniture and lights out of rose petals and coffee grounds point to more sustainable modes of living, as seen in Beirut Design Week?

Social Media Yesterday

This Collar Wants To Be The Bridge Between Human-Dog Communication

Inupathy claims to be world's first dog emotion visualizer

Retail Yesterday

Commerce Expert: Why Brick-And-Mortar Shopping Can’t Be Replaced

Erin Armendinger, SVP of bio, explains the physical need of customers to experience certain products before buying

Fashion Yesterday

Basquiat-Inspired Fashion Line Supports Emerging Talent

The late artist's estate has collaborated with New York label alice+olivia on a new range of designs

Gaming & Play Yesterday

Fidgeting Tools Designed To Help Creative Minds Focus

The DIDGETS Collection helps those who have anxiety or are restlessly moving to focus while they are working


Conference Built Around Report Launch

Children Yesterday

Helpful Robot Teaches People Of All Ages How To Code

The Root has coding expertise designed to benefit a wide range of people

Home Yesterday

Sharing Service Connects Directors With Film Locations

Finding affordable places to film can be difficult, so GETset was designed to help creators easily find good locations

Technology Yesterday

Adobe Is Teaching Machines To Copy Your Artistic Style

A new research project called Stylit uses a camera to mimic a drawing and reproduce the strokes digitally

No search results found.