Support FDA proposal to label added sugars on Nutrition Facts Panel

  • Posted on: Jul 27 2015

DAVIS, CALIF., July 24, 2015 -- Statement by Dr. Harold Goldstein, Executive Director, California Center for Public Health ­Advocacy

“Since the inception of the nutrition facts label, one ‘fact’ has remained conspicuously absent: the daily value for sugar. So far consumers have been left in the dark without any guidance on how much sugar is too much sugar.

Today, the FDA proposed to not only incorporate added sugar into the label but to include a recommended daily value of 50 grams. That’s equivalent to about 12 teaspoons, less than what is in a single 20 oz. Coke.

This proposal is based on the findings of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, which are supported by similar guidelines introduced by the World Health Organization and other medical experts. Helping consumers control their added sugar consumption will decrease their risk of developing type 2 diabetes and other costly diet-related chronic diseases.

With this new nutritional information, consumers can avoid the sugary drinks that easily put them over their daily value in just a few sips. Sugar-sweetened beverages have been linked to at least 25,000 deaths each year in the United States, according to a recent study. The stakes couldn’t be higher.

If consumers agree, they can voice their support with the FDA during the proposal’s public comment period over the next 75 days. Californians can also speak to their state legislators about how they can take action to increase transparency of sugary drink risks, such as a safety warning label.”

Editors:

Read the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s proposal here.

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The California Center for Public Health Advocacy (CCPHA) is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization at the forefront of solving the obesity and diabetes epidemics by advocating for groundbreaking policies that build a healthier California. The Center has played a leading role in removing soda and junk food from public schools, passing California’s landmark restaurant menu labeling law and advocating for dozens of other statewide and local policies to help Californians make and access healthier choices. For more information about CCPHA and the adverse effects of sugar-sweetened beverages, visit: www.publichealthadvocacy.org.