The Food and Drug Administration has proposed new changes to the labeling requirements for added sugar. A public commentary period is available on the proposal for 75 days and is available here: FDA PROPOSAL
Consumers will be provided with additional information for added sugars including the percent daily value (%DV) for added sugars on the Nutrition Facts label of packaged foods. The current recommendation is that added sugars are not to exceed 10% daily calories, in contrast to the European recommendations which recommend 5%. The percent daily value indicates how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet and would help consumers make informed choices for themselves and their families.
The FDA’s initial proposal is supported by review studies which recommend healthy dietary patterns including lower amounts of sugar-sweetened foods and beverages, and is strongly associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease. When sugars are added to foods and beverages to sweeten them, they add calories without providing additional nutrients and it is difficult to meet nutrient needs while staying within calorie requirements if one exceeds 10 percent of total calories from added sugar.
“The FDA has a responsibility to give consumers the information they need to make informed dietary decisions for themselves and their families,” said Susan Mayne, Ph.D., director of the FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition. “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.”