5 food label changes proposed by Michelle Obama - KMSP-TV

5 food label changes could be coming soon

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Ever been duped by a serving size on a food label? The Obama administration is proposing a new look for nutrition allowing consumers to more easily identify calorie counts and additives.

First lady Michelle Obama is making the announcement as part of her Let's Move initiative to combat child obesity.


-Larger, bolder type for calories on labels

-Whether or not the food contains added sugars

-Updated serving sizes to properly reflect what's inside

-12- and 20-ounce sodas considered 1 serving

-Several single-serving packages (chips, soup, frozen meals, etc.) listed as single serving or list nutrient information by serving and by container.


A few of your favorite food items may contain misleading serving sizes.

-Ben and Jerry's Cherry Garcia, 1 serving: 1/2 cup, 250 calories
-Kellogg's Low Fat Granola with Raisins 1 serving: 2/3 cup, 230 calories
-Totino's Party Pizza Pepperoni, 1 serving: 1/2 pizza, 370 calories
-Oreos, 1 serving: 3 cookies, 160 calories
-Marie Callender's Chicken Pot Pie, 1 serving: 1 cup, 550 calories
-Campbell's Chicken Noodle Soup, 1 serving: 1/2 cup, 68 calories


The new labels are likely years in the making as the Food and Drug Administration will listen to comments for 90 days with a final rule taking potentially another year. Then, the FDA will likely give companies two years to comply.

The FDA says companies will have to pay around $2 billion to change their labels.


While it's unclear what the final labels would look like, two proposals have been drawn up:

1. Similar to current version, but shorter and clearer

2. Nutrients grouped into "quick facts" categories for fat, carbohydrates, sugar and protein. An "avoid too much" category would be included for saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, sodium and added sugars. A "get enough" section would include vitamin D, potassium, calcium, iron and fiber.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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