Whatever Happened to those Nutrition Label Changes?

Remember back in early 2014 when the FDA proposed new Nutrition labels for our foods? The new labels promised to improve the serving sizes and readability on packaged food containers. Whatever happened with those changes? I wrote the FDA to find out.

 

Proposed Nutrition Label Changes

The proposed changes would:

  • make serving sizes more realistic
  • Serving Size adjustments - image from FDA.gov
    image from FDA.gov
  • show added sugar, that is sugar not naturally occurring in the food
  • be relevant for the most common health problems in the United States: diabetes, obesity, & heart disease
  • show Vitamin D, now that vitamin D deficiency affects over a billion people worldwide

 

Comparing Labels Side by Side

Nutrition Label Changes

 

The FDA’s Response

So where are these Nutrition label changes? I reached out to the FDA, since almost a year has passed since their call for comments.

Their response is below.

Dear Ms. Lanard,

The comment period for the proposed rules closed on August 1, 2014. We have reviewed all of the comments submitted to the docket and are in the process of drafting a final rule. We hope that the final rule will publish as soon as possible, but we can never say for sure when that will be until the document goes on display with the Federal Register because there are many layers or review and approval that have to occur before a final rule publishes, some of which are outside of the agency.

Please let us know if you have any additional questions.

Nutrition Programs Staff
Office of Nutrition, Labeling, and Dietary Supplements
FDA, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition

 
This is definitely promising. Let’s hope that the Final Rule comes soon and the proposed design remains intact. When finalized, food manufacturers will then have an additional 2+ years to comply and change their labeling.

 

What do you think?

Do you like the new label? Do you think it’s an improvement? Leave us a comment.


 

References

  1. U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Proposed Changes to the Nutrition Facts Label
  2. Naeem, Z., International Journal of Health Sciences, 2010. Vitamin D Deficiency- An Ignored Epidemic
  3. WebMD: Vitamin D Deficiency
  4. BMJ Best Practices: Vitamin D deficiency
Valerie Lanard

Valerie Lanard

I am a fitness buff, engineering leader, and wearables lover. This blog originally started as part of my now-defunct fitness video startup, Gigabody. It has evolved to encompass my writing on tech and work culture as well. Find me on a bike, on a hike, in a skort, or near a usb port.

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