FDA is Considering Requiring an Added Sugar Label

Most of the developed world is trying, to some degree or another, to legally require food and beverage companies to display nutritional information on all of their products. The FDA in USA are trying to take this a step further; requiring companies to display the amount of sugar in the product, as well as the amount that has been added. This will tell people how much of the sugar is naturally contained in the components of the food or drink, and how much has been added on top of this to affect the taste of the food.

Developments like this are sure to please many people concerned with health around the world, but it isn’t done yet. So far, the food and beverage lobby in USA have presented substantial opposition to the proposed changes to the labelling requirements, with concerns being made by businesses like Ocean Spray, who argue that any labelling along this line will unfairly harm their business, as the Cranberry fruit is naturally low in sugar, and adding more to their products only brings it in line with the levels of sugar you’ll find in orange juice.