Today Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman released the following statement on FDA's proposed changes to nutrition labeling on food packages:
"I applaud FDA for proposing to update the Nutrition Facts food label. It has been almost 25 years since I introduced the Nutrition Labeling and Education Act, which passed and was signed into law in 1990. Since that time, FDA has made only one change to the label, requiring trans fats to be added. This led many companies to stop using trans fats in their products, clearly showing that the Nutrition Facts label has an impact.
"FDA now is proposing a major overhaul, to bring the label in line with how food is marketed and consumed today, and with current dietary recommendations.
"Most notably, the new nutrition label more prominently displays the calorie content of the food, updates serving sizes to reflect today's eating patterns, excludes processed less-healthful fibers from the fiber listing, and perhaps most important of all, requires that added sugars be listed separately. Together, these changes should give Americans better tools to protect their health, and help combat our national obesity epidemic.
"I hope the agency will move forward and finalize the regulation soon after the comment period is over."