FDA has changed the guidelines for nutrition labels on packaged goods to more clearly present the information that is more accurate and nutritionally valuable to consumers—at least theoretically.

The new labels will make the number of servings per package and the serving size more visible (1). The most notable change, however, may be increasing the prominence of the calories per serving (2). Also significant: Labels will now identify more clearly the nutritional contribution of added sugars (3).

According to FDA, the basis for calculating serving sizes may be modified to more realistically represent actual consumption patterns.

Labels will no longer be required to present vitamin A and C, replaced by information on vitamin D and potassium, which FDA considers of greater importance for the average consumer (4).

Source: FDA, McKeany-Flavell
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