The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued proposed revisions to the required information appearing in food and beverage products’ Nutrition Facts labels. The changes include a required declaration of the percent daily value for added sugars based on the recommendation that daily intake from added sugars not exceed 10 percent of total calories. The proposal would also revise the footnote appearing on the Nutrition Facts label “to help consumers understand the percent daily value concept.” FDA has reopened a 60-day comment period addressing its proposed revisions.
“The FDA has a responsibility to give consumers the information they need to make informed dietary decisions for themselves and their families,” Susan Mayne, director of the FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, was quoted as saying in a July 24, 2015, press release. “For the past decade, consumers have been advised to reduce their intake of added sugars, and the proposed percent daily value for added sugars on the Nutrition Facts label is intended to help consumers follow that advice.”