Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Out With The Old, In With The New: The Food Label's New Makeover

After twenty grueling years of the Nutrition Facts label, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration finally decided to make these a little easier to read.  

This is the first phase of the label makeover and the completed one will be ready by early summer. 

The FDA released a link about the proposals to the Nutrition Facts label.  The following have occurred:
- Greater Understanding of Nutrition Science
- Updated Serving Size Requirements and New Labeling Requirements for Certain Package Sizes
- Refreshed Design
Someone finally realized that a lot has happened in food and nutrition over two decades and a few presidents.  Serving sizes are appropriate (who eats a ½ cup of Ben and Jerry’s anyway?), design is refreshing (in a nerdy way).

Let’s see what happens!

What are your thoughts? 

The old food label (left) with the flashy new counterpart

Gina R. Lesako RD, LD is the SCAN Blog coordinator based in Columbus, Ohio.  She can also be found blogging at Food and Nutrition Magazine and also on her own blog.  

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