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FDA approves new rules for nutrition labels

Posted at 12:26 PM, May 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-20 12:26:08-04

(CNN NEWSOURCE) The FDA approveda new look for the nutrition information on packaged foods Friday.

The changes are the first in decades.

The new labels make it easier for consumers to see the calories, now big and bold at the top.

There are big changes to the sugars section too--adding a portion that tells you how much sugar has been added by the manufacturer, in addition to those naturally occurring.

The new policy also addresses difference in sizing.

For example, whether you're drinking a twelve or twenty ounce can of soda, the label now sees that drink as one serving.

That means no more having to convert the calories from your smaller can to the bigger bottle you might be drinking.

The changes come from a push from the Obama administration on nutrition.

The FDA says it was time to make changes so consumers have access to more accurate information.

Manufacturers have until the end of July 2018 to comply with the new standard.

Smaller companies will have an additional year to make the changes.