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On May 23, 2016, the FDA announced that food labels will be getting an overhaul. The new food labels will now list how many added sugars are in each product and more clearly define what a serving size is. Many Americans are unaware of how much sugar is added to foods they wouldn’t conventionally think of as sweet, like cereal, flavored yogurts and tomato soup. The FDA hopes that these new labels will help Americans better manage their diets.
The new labels will also use a bolder font to highlight the number of calories in each food, and labels will now include potassium and vitamin D levels—since studies have shown that many Americans are deficient in these areas.
Food labels will no longer be required to list vitamin C and A levels because deficiencies in these vitamins are now rare, according to the FDA. Calcium and iron amounts, though, will remain on the label.
Large food manufacturers will have two years to add the new labels to their products. Small manufacturers—those who generate less than $10 million in sales a year—will have three years to adhere to new labeling requirements.