Food Label Requirements Change: A Step in Confronting the Obesity Epidemic

May 25, 2016

On Friday, major changes to nutrition labels became final. Changes mandate that calorie counts must be displayed in large, bold type, and portion sizes must reflect how much Americans actually eat. Further, the amount of added sugar to products must be listed on an individual line. These changes are designed to make food and beverage labels more noticeable and easier for consumers to understand. Straightforward labels are an attempt to confront the obesity epidemic (two-thirds of adults and almost one-third of children and teens are either overweight or obese (2011-2012 data).

These changes may make it easier for consumers to understand the nutritional content of their food and may incentivize manufacturers to reduce added sugar. Companies with more than $10 million in annual sales must institute label changes, the first major ones since the introduction of the food label in the 1990s, by July 2018. All food and beverage companies must make the changes by July 2019.

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