Subject line: Docket Nos. FDA-2012-N-1210 and FDA-2004-N-0258
Dear Commissioner Gottlieb:
I strongly oppose the proposed delay of the updated Nutrition Facts label. I want to know how much added sugar I’m eating so I can lower my risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease. I want bolder calorie counts that I can see at a glance. I want more realistic serving sizes to better reflect what I am likely to eat. And I want to know all of this as soon as possible, so I can make informed decisions for me and my family.
Extending the deadline means that the Nutrition Facts label will have gone 27 years without major updates. It has already been two years since the final rule was published. Because at least 8,000 products already have the updated Nutrition Facts label, delaying the deadline will create a confusing hodgepodge of the label formats.
The 2015–2020 Dietary Guidelines recommends that no more than 10 percent of my calories come from added sugars. I can’t follow that advice without the updated labels. Given the high rates of diet-related diseases in America, the FDA should act quickly to require the new Nutrition Facts labels without the proposed delay.