FDA proposes new food nutrition labels

WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA9) -- First Lady Michelle Obama wants to make nutrition labels easier to understand.

"Families deserve more and better information about the food they eat," she says.

Mrs. Obama and the Food and Drug Administration are leading the way as the government unveiled new proposals for labels. The proposed change would make calorie counts stand out with bigger, bolder fonts.

Companies would also have to list nutrients most Americans should consumer more of, like potassium and vitamin D. And, any added sugars will be also included on the label.

"Like, if sugar in your yogurt was added during the processing or whether it comes from ingredients like fruits," Mrs. Obama says.

The FDA also wants the serving size to actually reflect what a person will eat.

FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg says, "This is one important step to address a broader set of efforts to really address important issues of nutrition and health."

Ultimately, consumers will decide whether to pay attention to the new information.

"It's going to help people to know that they're eating," says one shopper.

Another shopper says, "It's a good effort, but, I don't think it'll be that effective."

Some food companies may fight parts of the plan.

The Food and Drug Administration projects companies will have to pay around $3 billion to change food labels.

The FDA is accepting public comment on the proposal for 90 days. The commissioner says if the proposal becomes law, companies would have two years to implement the new rules.


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