U.S. FDA seeks public opinion on what they think ‘healthy’ should mean on food label
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) wants to know from you what you think about ‘healthy’ when it is mentioned on a food label. The step is considered to be good advancement towards the plan to provide consumers with all the information so that they can make informed food choices.
FDA's Douglas Balentine said that they have started the public process from Tuesday and from Wednesday the matter has been opened for public comment. Balentine mentioned that they want to make sure that the healthy labeling claims remains applicable for everyone.
“For instance, the most recent public health recommendations now focus on type of fat, rather than amount of fat. They focus on added sugars, which consumers will see on the new Nutrition Facts label”, affirmed Balentine.
The recent step has been taken to encourage food manufacturers so they come up with better and healthier options. Their first step is to seek public input on different questions with regard to what ‘healthy’ should mean from the perspective of nutrition.
There are a number of questions that need to be answered including what should be the factors that should be considered for the new definition of healthy. The FDA said that it has also been thinking to organize public forums to have additional information on what stakeholders and consumer think and it might even take some time to come up with something concrete and substantial.
Time and again, the FDA has taken steps correcting companies if their products were misguiding consumers. To cite an example, the federal agency sent a warning letter to Kind that it cannot claim its fruit and nut bars as healthy because they contained a lot of saturated fat.