FDA Proposes New Rules, Makeover for US Nutrition Labels
Updated: Thursday, February 27 2014, 06:15 PM EST
For the first time in about 20 years nutrition labels will be getting a makeover. The Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) proposed new rules would include changing the serving size and updating the recommended daily guidelines for various nutrients.
The guidelines were announced on Thursday by First Lady Michelle Obama during an event at the White House. She has long been focused on getting Americans to have healthier eating habits.
The new rules, which would go into effect two years after they are finalized, are redesigned to make it clearer for Americans to know how many calories they are consuming. The labeling will also take into account how some foods are consumed in one sitting.
For example, the serving sizes for a bottle of soda will go from 8 ounces to 12 ounces. And the serving size for ice cream will increase from 1/2 cup to 1 cup. For yogurt, the serving size will be reduced from 8 ounces to 6.