Food label changes a winner for consumers

Changes to nutrition labels reflect updated scientific information to help Americans understand the link between diet and chronic diseases.

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Lifestyle

July 28, 2020 - 8:56 AM

Kansas State University nutrition specialist Sandy Procter says recent changes to nutrition labels on most foods should be viewed as a great ally for consumers and their good health. 

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration initially published rules on changing nutrition information on food labels in 2016, citing the need for those labels to reflect updated scientific information, including the link between diet and such chronic diseases as obesity and heart disease. 

Since that time, American food companies have gradually come into compliance. Manufacturers with $10 million or more in annual sales were required to switch to the new label by Jan. 1 of this year; those with less than $10 million in annual sales must meet the labeling requirements by Jan. 1, 2021. 

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