For the first time in 18 years, the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is proposing to overhaul nutrition labels. The proposed changes, if approved, will require manufacturers to make significant changes to their labels.  Preliminary recommendations have been issued, the comment period has closed, and the final rules should be announced before the end of 2015.

The FDA’s proposed rules recommend changes to both the form and substance of the nutrution labels.  The formatting changes are intended to help consumers absorb the most important information about the food they eat.  Some of the proposed changes include increasing the font of the number of calories and serving sizes, moving the “parentage of daily value” information to the left of the nutrition label so that it is the first thing buyers read, and making the footnote explaining what the “percentage of daily value” means more prominent.

If adopted, the proposed rules would require manufacturers to make several changes to substance of their nutrition labels, including the following:
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More than 20 years ago, the FDA determined that genetically engineered (GE) ingredients do not create a safety concern.  Statement of Policy: Foods Derived From New Plant Varieties, 57 FR 22984-01 (1992).  The FDA has since rejected several attempts to force manufacturers to indicate which foods contain GE ingredients on food labels.  On May 8, 2014, Vermont enacted a law requiring manufacturers to label foods sold in the state that contain GE plant material.  Many non-organic foods in the U.S. contain GE ingredients.  On June 12, 2014, four food associations filed suit in Vermont alleging that the labeling law violates the U.S. Constitution.
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