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FDA Is Updating Nutrition Rules for Custom Food Labels

Nutrition Information Requirements on Custom Food Labels May Soon Change
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently announced it will be updating regulations for custom food labels. Although the official rules haven't been released yet, brands will soon have new requirements to consider when labeling a product. Since users are paying more attention to nutrition information than ever before, it's important that labels provide the resources consumers need to make educated purchases. An Agriculture Report cited by The Associated Press determined that 42 percent of working adults use the nutrition panel "always or most of the time" in 2009 and 2010, an increase over the previous survey.

Rules for Food Product Labels Will Integrate New Health Knowledge
The current regulations for food product labels were established in the early 1990s. Since then, health care professionals have started to focus on different nutritional components. For instance, Michael Taylor, the FDA's deputy commissioner of foods, said the labels will likely place more emphasis on calories rather than fat content. Some health care advocates are hoping for a greater focus on sugar, particularly sugars that aren't naturally occurring in products. According to Medical Daily, others hope measurements may be more clear, for instance, switching to ounces or teaspoons instead of grams.