First Lady Announces Finalized Nutrition Label Rules

For years, First Lady Michelle Obama has advocated for better health standards in the U.S., particularly for school children. Recently, she unveiled a new rule that will update nutrition labels for the first time in more than two decades – while also ensuring that consumers are better informed about the food they are buying.

In a press release, the White House announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration will adjust labeling requirements to emphasize the calorie content and added sugars in food. Daily values will also be updated to match recent nutritional science, and serving sizes will be increased to reflect that amount of food that the typical American actually eats.

"The FDA will adjust labeling requirements to emphasize the calorie content and added sugars in food."

All told, this means big changes that consumers will almost certainly notice. 

"Very soon, very soon you will no longer need a microscope, a calculator or a degree in nutrition to figure out whether the food you're buying is actually good for our kids," Obama said at a health summit in Washington, D.C., according to Politico. "That's a phenomenal achievement."

Specifically, the new requirements will go into effect in two years, though food companies that make less than $10 million in annual sales will have an extra year. It is estimated that the total cost of overhauling all of the affected labels in the U.S. will reach $2 billion.

Smaller food manufacturers may have a little more time to comply with the regulation, but they should still start preparing for the changes as soon as possible. Durafast offers printing solutions that help users produce exactly what they need in a more cost-effective manner. Contact us today!

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