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Consumer Education Needed on Changes to Nutrition Facts Panel

June 2, 2016

By: Kristen Scott, Senior Manager, Health and Nutrition Policy

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced revisions to both the Nutrition and Supplements Facts panels that represent the largest overhaul to the nutrition facts panel (NFP) since its inception over 20 years ago. The revisions, announced May 20, encompass updates to the design and information contained within the NFP including nutrients declared and serving sizes. 

Some of the most noticeable changes to the nutrition facts panel, which is found on the back of food products, are:

  • Increase in size of the calorie amount per serving
  • Listing of grams of added sugars with a % Daily Value.
  • Vitamin A and Vitamin C are no longer required to be listed on the NFP instead consumers will see information on the amount of potassium and vitamin D.
  • Food and beverage packages that contain 2 to 3 servings will provide nutrition information in the NFP based on one serving and the entire contents of the container.

While there are many changes and new features to the NFP, it is important for consumers to consider all of the information provided when making food and beverage choices instead of focusing on only one or two aspects of the label.

The NFP has been an invaluable tool to help consumers build more healthful diets.  This update is timely as diets, eating patterns and consumer preferences have changed dramatically since the NFP was first introduced in 1993.  According to the 2014 FDA Health and Diet Survey, 50 percent of adults reported they read the NFP “always” or “most of the time” when purchasing food and beverages.  The International Food Information Council Foundation’s 2016 Food and Health Survey found 49 percent of respondents consult the NFP when deciding to purchase or eat a food or beverage.

Recognizing that the NFP is an important tool to consumers, GMA strongly urged the FDA to conduct additional consumer research to ensure the proposed changes to the NFP are beneficial to consumers and improve their understanding of nutrition labeling.

While no additional consumer research was completed prior to the release of the changes, FDA, GMA and other stakeholders are committed to providing consumers with the educational messages that they need to use the updated NFP to make informed choices and maintain healthful dietary practices.

If you are interested in learning more about the updated NFP, please visit the FDA website.

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  1. We need to have atention with nutrition because it is a very important element to show to evetybody about the risks.

    Debora Souza

    Comment by Rótulos Adesivos — June 11, 2016 @ 10:59 am

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