The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has announced a June 26, 2014, public meeting in Washington, D.C., to discuss two proposed rules aimed at updating nutrition  information and serving size requirements on Nutrition and Supplement Fact labels. Introduced 20  years ago, the Nutrition and Supplements Facts labels “help consumers make informed food choices and maintain healthy dietary practices.”

Among others, the agency has proposed the following changes: (i) to require information about  “added sugars”; (ii) to update daily values for nutrients such as sodium, dietary fiber and Vitamin  D; (iii) to require manufacturers to declare potassium and Vitamin D amounts on the label, because they  are new “nutrients of public  health significance”; (iv) to change the serving size requirements to reflect how much people  “actually” eat; (v) to require that packaged foods, including drinks, that are typically eaten in  one sitting be labeled as a single serving and that calorie and nutrient information be declared for the entire package; and (vi) to make calories and serving sizes more prominent to  “emphasize parts of the label that are important in addressing current public health concerns such  as obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.” FDA will accept comments on the rules until August 1, 2014. See CFSAN Constituent Update, May 28, 2014.