In 2020, expect to see some of your favorite foods sport a new nutrition facts label as mandatory changes from the FDA go into effect. Based on updated dietary guidelines and the need for food transparency, the FDA designed new food labels to help consumers make smarter food decisions.
This change is years in the making: The FDA first announced the new rules on May 27, 2016, stating that the changes were to reflect advancements in nutrition science. This food nutrition label change is the first major update since the FDA first instated uniform food labeling in 1994. According to the FDA, these changes are “based on updated scientific information, new nutrition and public health research, more recent dietary recommendations from expert groups and input from the public.”
The new label is also more realistic about what people eat today and what fuels chronic disease. For instance, the added sugar requirement reflects knowledge about sugar and its relationship to type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and obesity.
The overall purpose is to help consumers make informed decisions about food that will improve their health and nutrition.
When do these changes go into effect?