First lady Michelle Obama announced changes to food labels Friday that will require companies to show added sugar and will change serving sizes to reflect how much Americans really eat.
The White House and the Food and Drug Administration said the changes, required two years from now, also will revise the fine print on food labels to add vitamin D and potassium, “nutrients Americans often do not get enough of,” the administration said.
Mrs. Obama said the revamped labels are part of her “Let’s Move!” initiative to get Americans to eat healthier.
“I am thrilled that the FDA has finalized a new and improved Nutrition Facts label that will be on food products nationwide,” Mrs. Obama said. “This is going to make a real difference in providing families across the country the information they need to make healthy choices.”
The move to require “added sugar” on food labels came over strenuous objections from food producers, including Campbell Soup Co., Roman Meal Co., and the cranberry industry.
The new requirement for serving sizes will revise the number of servings per container “to better align with the amount consumers actually eat,” the White House said.
The changes will affect nearly 800,000 products. Some of the fine print on the food labels will be made larger, such as the amount of calories in each serving.