If, like me, you have problems reading and understanding Food Labels on the processed foods you buy, you will be pleased to know that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration are about to finalise and enact new laws.
New Improved Food Labelling Laws to be introduced by the FDA this year are aimed at addressing the epidemic of Obesity in the United States
According to a new article in Money Talks News, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will introduce new laws this year requiring more realistic, useful and explicit food labels. Nutrition labels on nearly all the food you encounter will change to prominently display calories, disclosure of added sugar, more realistic definitions of the quantity considered a portion, and many other really positive improvements.
The new labelling requirements are the result of a makeover, called for by the passage of the 2010 Affordable Care Act, and are the product of nearly four years of haggling among politicians, health experts and food industry leaders.
The makeover is designed to help address an epidemic of obesity in the United States, which is attributed, in part, to the lack of clear, relevant data on food labels.
According to the FDA “About half of consumers’ annual food dollars are spent on, and a third of total calories come from, foods prepared outside the home, including foods from restaurants and similar retail food establishments. Many people do not know, or underestimate, the calorie and nutrient content of these foods. (The new labelling rules) help make nutrition information for these foods available to consumers in a direct, accessible and consistent manner to enable consumers to make informed and healthful dietary choices.”
In other words, they hope that more relevant and explicit information will lead to better informed and healthier consumers.
The Money Talks News article and FDA update also focus specifically on a number of critical health factors: Fibre, Fats, Salt, Sugars and Protein.
Once inside the Money Talks News article follow the link “The FDA says:” for more details and images of the new labelling.
To view the Money Talks News article follow this link
If, like me, you live in Australia – or in New Zealand who share the rules with us, do you think that the food labelling laws in Australia, New Zealand also need to be reviewed and improved?
If you live in the U.K. Do you think that your food labels are sufficiently informative and easy to understand?
Please comment below. I would really like to know if you have the same concerns as I do that these labels are, frankly, abused by manufacturers just paying lip-service to the local legislation.
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