Last year, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced it was spearheading the first significant overhaul of Nutrition Facts labels on all packaged foods. As part of the new regulations, food manufacturers would be required to list previously “hidden” natural sugars on the labels of their packaged foods. It’s been nearly 20 years since the FDA prompted food manufacturers to account for specific ingredients on their food labels, and many Americans feel the latest call for label transparency is long overdue.
But much like many government-related decisions, the FDA’s announcement was met with quite a bit of controversy—not from consumers, of course, but from the food manufacturers that felt “burdened” by the new regulations. Scott Gottlieb, President Trump’s nominee for FDA Commissioner, suggested that if he were to officially takeover the position, he would not be opposed to putting Nutrition Facts label changes on the backburner.
During Gottlieb’s recent confirmation, Kansas Senator Pat Roberts (R) asked him to “…consider postponing the deadline for the Nutrition Facts Panel to help reduce regulatory burdens” if he were to become the FDA Commissioner. Gottlieb replied by saying he is
“philosophically in favor of trying to make sure we do these things efficiently, not only because it imposes undue costs on manufacturers to constantly be updating their labels, but we also have to keep in mind it creates confusion for consumers if the labels are constantly changing.”
Currently, there’s no clear indication that food manufacturers aren’t willing to list all sugars—both natural and artificial—on their products’ labels; their pushback comes primarily because of the short two-year timeline given to adhere to the FDA’s latest nutrition label requests. Additionally, the FDA is considering making manufacturers change food labels to reflect GMO ingredients by July 29, 2018, only three days after the deadline for the new Nutrition Facts labels.
Senator Roberts, along with several prominent food and beverage manufacturers, fear the short timeline given for the requested label changes could result in
“hundreds of millions of dollars … lost due to lack of coordination.”
However, many individuals feel the request to put nutritional label changes on hold is nothing more than politically-fueled stalling. Previous First Lady Michelle Obama, a Democrat, was a well-known proponent of the Nutrition Facts label changes.
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