FDA Proposes To Add Daily Allowance Of Sugar To Nutrition Labels

July 29, 2015

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a supplemental proposed rule for updating the nutrition facts label - the addition of a percent daily value (%DV) declaration for added sugars.

The FDA is proposing including the percent daily value (%DV) for added sugars on the Nutrition Facts label of packaged foods, giving consumers additional information for added sugars similar to information they have seen for decades with respect to nutrients such as sodium and certain fats. 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 percent daily value would be based on the recommendation that the daily intake of calories from added sugars not exceed 10 percent of total calories.

Footnote: FDA is also proposing to change the current footnote on the Nutrition Facts label to help consumers understand the percent daily value concept. The proposed statement on the label would be shorter than the current footnote to allow for more space on the label, stating: *The percent daily value (%DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

Commenting on the supplemental proposed rule began on July 27, 2015. Comment on the rule here.