The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is seeking public input on ways to modernize food labels to facilitate a healthier population. According to Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, the basic component of an improved national diet would do far more for Americans’ health than any single medical technology. The multiyear Nutrition Innovation Strategy, announced in March 2018, seeks to improve national health by better informing the population about the healthfulness of the foods they eat. In his announcement, Gottlieb said the FDA’s “overall aim is preventing diseases that are attributed to poor nutrition,” such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease and many cancers. The agency has opened a dialogue with industry, nutrition experts, consumers and interested stakeholders to simplify and update nutrition facts. Strategy goals include simplifying terms for ingredients and evaluating healthy foods claims. The FDA will also examine how manufacturers might better compete in developing healthy options. A day-long public meeting will be held on July 26 at the Hilton Washington DC/Rockville Hotel in Rockville, Md., to discuss the FDA's findings. Electronic or written comments may be submitted on the meeting through Aug. 27. Click here for information on submitting comments.
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