The FDA wants to revise Nutrition Labels but do Changes go Far Enough?

Toward More Comprehensive Food Labeling

Proposed Changes to the Nutrition Facts Label
The FDA wants to revise nutrition labels, but former FDA commissioner David A Kessler, MD, says changes don’t go far enough.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is proposing to revise the Nutrition Facts label that must appear on virtually all packaged foods in the United States. The agency’s proposals are strong, urgently needed, and likely to make an important contribution to consumer behavior. But I believe they don’t go far enough — additional labeling requirements can do more to influence food choices, reduce obesity, and promote health. ”
David A. Kessler MD, Former FDA Commissioner.

Sources and More Information

  • Toward More Comprehensive Food Labeling, NEJM, Interview with Professor David A. Kessler, M.D., 10.1056/NEJMp1402971,
    July 17, 2014DOI: 10.1056/NEJMp1402971
  • Proposed Changes to the Nutrition Facts Label, FDA Labeling & Nutrition, ucm385663, 05/28/2014
  • Nutrition Facts Label: Proposed Changes Aim to Better Inform Food Choices, FDA Updates, ucm387114, 04/30/2014
  • FDA proposes updates to Nutrition Facts label on food packages, FDA News Release, ucm387418, 02/27/2014

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