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- FDA, food labeling, food policy, Menu Labeling, Nutrition, public health
By: Sabrina Kim, University of Virginia
On January 11, 2018, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a guiding document identifying four policy areas of focus for 2018. Amongst these was a goal focused on the use of nutrition to reduce the mortality/morbidity of common non-communicable diseases, specifically by providing American citizens with the ability to make informed decisions regarding their diet.
FDA has expressed its belief that nutrition is a “prominent tool” that can help patients manage bouts of chronic disease. To that end, the agency aims to ensure that all consumers are presented with “reliable and evidence-based” information regarding diet and health through the roll-out of its Nutrition Action Plan.
As part of this Nutrition Action Plan, FDA will issue clear guidance to assist with the implementation of the menu labeling regulations, as well as to aid industry as it adapts to the new Nutrition Facts label requirements. FDA will also tackle this issue from the consumer end by launching a public education campaign intended to help Americans maximize the intended health benefits of these new labelling guidelines.
In addition to the aforementioned regulations for improving access to nutrition information for consumers, the FDA has also expressed its desire to encourage the development of healthier foods overall. Possible methods of achieving this goal include revising food label claims such as “healthy” as well as creating of a new system to evaluate such claims. FDA also listed guidance on sodium reduction and modernization to the standards of identity as further action under this new plan.
Lastly, FDA acknowledged in this document that its nutrition priorities are not mutually exclusive with its other stated objectives – issues regarding public health are inextricably linked, and making progress on one is likely to help another. In this respect, FDA is optimistic that its aspirations in the field of nutrition will be met through direct action as well as through developments in other areas.
Healthy Innovation, Safer Families: FDA’s 2018 Strategic Policy Roadmap. (2018, January 11). Retrieved from https://www.fda.gov/downloads/aboutfda/reportsmanualsforms/reports/ucm592001.pdf