The United States Food and Drug Administration has finalized a new Nutrition Facts label for packaged foods, and Columbia Laboratories provides all testing needed for food manufacturers to remain compliant.
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The new labels feature five main changes to help consumers make better informed food choices:
Servings: The number of “servings per container” and the “Serving Size” declaration have increased and are now in larger and/or bolder font. Serving sizes have been updated to better reflect the amount people typically eat and drink. There are also new requirements for certain size packages, such as those that are between one and two servings or are larger than a single serving but could be consumed in one or multiple sittings.
Calories: “Calories” is now in a larger and bolder font, allowing for first-glance reference by consumers.
Fats: While continuing to require “Total Fat,” “Saturated Fat,” and “Trans Fat” on the label, “Calories from Fat” was removed because research shows the type of fat is more important than the amount.
Added sugars: “Added Sugars,” both in grams and as a percent Daily Value, is now required on the label. Added sugars include sugars that are added during the processing of foods (such as sucrose or dextrose), foods packaged as sweeteners, sugars from syrups and honey, and sugars from concentrated fruit or vegetable juices. Scientific data shows that it is difficult to meet nutrient needs while staying within calorie limits if individuals consume more than 10% of their total daily calories from added sugar.
Nutrients: The list of nutrients that are required or permitted on the label have been updated. Vitamin D and potassium are now required because Americans do not always get the recommended amounts. Vitamins A and C are no longer required since deficiencies of these vitamins are now rare. (They can, however, be voluntarily included by food manufacturers, along with other vitamins and minerals.)
Click here to learn more about the updated requirements at the FDA’s website.
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