NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – Food labels haven’t been significantly updated since 1994, when labels were first created. They’re now found on more than 800,000 different foods.
First Lady Michelle Obama announced the nutritional label makeover as part of her ‘Let’s Move’ campaign to fight childhood obesity. The new updates will include bigger, bolder type to make it easier to read, and a new line for added sugars.
People told 22News they appreciate the changes. “Yes. I think it would make it a lot easier to find things, especially things that you are trying to avoid,” said Kathy Burke of Tucson, Arizona. “So many ingredients go by so many different names. You have to read through a lot of very scientific sounding terms and I think it would be a lot easier if they called things what they really are.”
Serving sizes will also be updated to make them more realistic, so a small bag of chips doesn’t count as multiple servings.
The changes were first proposed by the Food and Drug Administration two years ago.