The familiar Nutrition Facts label on food and drink packages could get a new look if a proposal by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is accepted. The suggested changes include updating serving size requirements to better reflect the amount of food people actually eat and drink. Also, the label’s format would be revamped, giving the information about calories, serving sizes and percent daily value a more prominent place. This is the first major overhaul since nutrition labeling was introduced on food packages following the passage of the Nutrition Labeling and Education Act of 1990.
The proposal to make these changes came about because of new consensus reports, dietary recommendations, survey data and citizens’ petitions. The FDA accepted comments on the proposed changes over a 90-day period ending in August 2014. If accepted, the agency has proposed giving manufacturers a two-year period to comply with the new changes.