Target: Michael R. Taylor, Deputy Commissioner for Foods at the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
Goal: Thank the Food and Drug Administration for making big changes to outdated nutrition food labels
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has just announced proposed changes to nutrition labels on food packages and beverages, which would stress the importance of calories and added sugars. For over twenty years, the FDA has not changed their food nutrition labels. This change will be the first renovation for nutrition labels since the FDA first required them. The move coincides perfectly with the concerns of consumers. In recent years, the public has gained a better understanding of what they need to do to maintain good nutrition and diet, and food labels play a huge part in that.
CNN reports that one of the biggest modifications the FDA would be making changes to is the serving size information on labels. The new rules will make these more realistic and easier to understand. Food specialists have indicated that the calories from fat are not as important as the type of fat that people are consuming. Therefore, one major change would be the line that usually says “calories from fat” will be changed to “calories found in each serving.” Another change from the label is an added text on how much “added sugar” there is in a product. For example, if people were to buy apple juice, they would know exactly how much of the sugar is from the actual fruit and how much sugar is added by the manufacturer. Lastly, the FDA plans to update the daily values for certain nutrients and vitamins, so companies would have to declare how much potassium and other vitamins are in a product.
After this proposal, manufacturing companies will have two years to implement the changes. Please sign this petition to praise the FDA for finally making changes to outdated food labels.
Dear Mr. Taylor,
Thank you for proposing changes to outdated food nutrition labels. Now shopping for food and beverages at the supermarket will be a lot easier with the new labels. If this proposal gets approved, shopping for our families and loved ones will be easier. The bigger calorie label and clear “sugar added” percentages will make this information clearer for parents who don’t want their children eating unhealthy foods and drinking beverages that are full of sugar.
We understand that this change will take a long time to be implemented, but it is moving Americans in the right direction. The public has become a lot savvier when it comes to what is healthy and what is not. This is thanks to doctors, and people like Michelle Obama who emphasis the importance of eating right and exercising. Thank you for changing with the times by making this huge improvement.
[Your Name Here]
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