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The Food Fight over Transparency

Written By: Brenda (B.K.) Walker

The decade old battle over greater transparency in food labeling continues as the FDA begins its review of countless public comments submitted over the matter. For several years, there has been increasing debate over the FDA's responsibility in requiring food distributors to define clearer ingredients in its labeling of products. One of the greatest concerns is 'added sugar' and 'sugar substitutes.' Under current regulations, food labeling only requires the total amount of sugar to be listed.

The FDA is proposing measures to clarify the amounts and sources of sugar be added to the labeling process. Even if the FDA's proposed measures are enacted, it will likely take years before the changes are seen on food labels.

Food and Drug Administration label proposed The proposed Nutrition Facts label has a few subtle differences from the current label, including bolder calorie counts and added sugar information -Food and Drug Administration



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