The FDA has proposed adding the percent daily value (%DV) for added sugars on the Nutrition Facts label of packaged foods.

We’ll be covering all the latest on our upcoming webinar, FDA Nutrition Label Rule Changes 2016; Prepare Today for Success Tomorrow, Thursday 7/30/15. Presenters include Grocery Manufacturers Association and Merieux NutriSciences.

The proposed rule, announced last Friday, is a supplement to the March 3, 2014 proposal that food companies include added sugars on the Nutrition Facts label. The original rule did not include adding the percent daily value for added sugars.

The FDA said it considered scientific evidence used by the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee when drafting the proposal. The data showed that meeting nutrient needs while staying within calorie requirements is difficult when exceeding a certain percent of total calories from added sugar. The FDA said that this data—along with other recent studies—supports a ten percent daily value for added sugars.

Susan Mayne, Ph.D., director of the FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, said:

“The FDA has a responsibility to give consumers the information they need to make informed dietary decisions for themselves and their families. 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.”

The FDA also wants to change the footnote on the Nutrition Facts label to help consumers understand the percent daily value concept. The proposed statement reads, “The percent daily value (%DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.”

The FDA said it will consider public comments both on the original proposal and the added sugars supplement before issuing a final rule.

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h/t: http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm455837.htm

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