New food label! Congratulations Let’s Move! & FDA


I kept hearing rumors this week that Michelle Obama would announce the revised Nutrition Facts panel at today’s summit meeting of the Partnership for a Healthier America, the public-private partnership organization that supports Let’s Move!

And here is the graphic from the White House press release:

Congratulations on the long-awaited changes:

Calories big and bold
Added sugars

Serving sizes updated
“Dual column” labels for “per serving” and “per package”
Daily Value footnote: “The % 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.”
Nutrients: Vitamin D, Calcium, Iron, and Potassium.  Voluntary: Vitamins A and C.

Expect to see this on food packages in two years (small food producers get an additional year to comply).

Here are the relevant FDA documents:

Federal Register notice on the food labels (943 pages)
Federal Register notice on serving sizes (170 pages)
Slide show
Commissioner’s statement (“Voice Blog”)
Changes to the Nutrition Facts Label
At a Glance …

What do you think?