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FDA proposes Nutrition Facts benchmark for added sugar intake

FDA proposes Nutrition Facts benchmark for added sugar intake

The FDA is proposing that the Nutrition Facts label include the percent daily value for added sugars based on the recommendation that the daily intake of calories from added sugars not exceed 10% of total calories.

In March 2014, FDA proposed updates to the Nutrition Facts label including adding the amount of added sugars in grams on the Nutrition Facts label, but without the percent daily value.

“The Daily Value, which is used to calculate the percent Daily Value that consumers see on the Nutrition Facts label, would be 50 grams of added sugars for adults and children 4 years of age and older and 25 grams for children 1 through 3 years,” explained Susan Mayne, FDA’s director of the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, in an FDA Voice blog.


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Another new proposal set forth by the FDA would change the current footnote on the Nutrition Facts label to help consumers understand the percent daily value concept.

The FDA is seeking public comment on the proposal for 75 days beginning Monday. The agency continues to review comments received on the 2014 proposed rule and is reopening the comment period on its March 2014 proposal for 60 days to invite public comment on two consumer studies related to label formats. The agency will consider comments on the original and this supplemental proposed rule before issuing a final rule.

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