FDA proposes labels listing added sugars — finally

The Food and Drug Administration has proposed that nutrition labels on packaged foods cite the amount of added sugars they contain as a percentage of the recommended daily calorie intake.

The proposal brought immediate criticism from manufacturers of foods and beverages, which claimed blah, blah, blah.

Added sugars are those not found in foods before they are produced and packaged. Federal officials recommend that Americans limit added sugars to just 10 percent of their daily calories.

Last year, for the first time, the F.D.A. proposed that companies list added sugars on nutrition labels, but consumers would have had to do the math themselves to determine the percentage of calories. Under the new proposal, nutritional labels would lay out that figure.

Agency officials determined that 50 grams of added sugars should be the upper dietary limit, or daily value, for adults and children aged 4 and older.

That means “one 16-ounce soda, and that’s it for added sugars for the day,” said Marion Nestle, a professor of nutrition, food studies and public health at New York University…

The industry is especially upset over their most recent survey which indicated that consumers would be less likely to buy a product if its nutrition panel listed added sugars.


One thought on “FDA proposes labels listing added sugars — finally

  1. Quid pro quo says:

    “A sweet deal: The royal family of cane benefits from political giving : The sugar barons of America, the Fanjul brothers, have a cozy relationship with the US government” http://america.aljazeera.com/multimedia/2015/7/fanjul-family-benefits-political-donations.html “…In last year’s election cycle, the {Fanjuls’} Florida Crystals political action committee and the company’s employees together contributed more than $860,000 to candidates and political spending groups. Also in 2014, Florida Crystals spent more than $1 million lobbying Congress, the U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Commerce, and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, largely on import tariffs and policies on biofuels and clean water.
    The sugar industry, too, is a heavy donor. According to the nonpartisan research group Center for Responsive Politics, the industry gave more than $5 million to members of Congress in the last election cycle, an all-time high. What the industry gets in return for all this are domestic controls and import tariffs that keep prices up and profits high for U.S. sugar producers, perpetuating a controversial system.”

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