Big Policy Questions Loom as FDA Proposes Update to Nutrition Facts Label – Stuart Pape

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    DC Partner Stuart Pape was quoted in a December 2, 2013 Politico Pro (subscription required) article on the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) proposed rules to update the nutrition facts label, an effort to “improve consumer understanding and use of nutrition information on food labels,” according to the agency. “What are they going to propose to take off? What will get added? What will be more prominent? These are the big policy questions,” said Mr. Pape in the piece. The biggest question, he stressed, is what the FDA’s objective is. In the FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition's 2013-14 plan the agency says it is also aiming to release an “advance plan for promoting broad, gradual reduction of added sodium in the food supply” this year, but it's not clear what approach the agency will take. There’s a chance that the FDA could address sodium as part of its nutrition facts overhaul, but Politico Pro writes the agency is likely to unveil a separate policy that targets sodium with the aim of reducing sodium intake. “I’m not exactly sure what they’re going to do,” Mr. Pape said. “But I lean toward: There’s a separate track for sodium.”

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