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Michelle Obama calls for nutrition label changes

Published on Feb 27, 2014 11:18 PM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - In a country where obesity is rampant, the US government on Thursday aimed to make healthy choices easier for consumers by proposing a series of changes to nutrition labels.

If approved, the fine print would display calorie count more prominently, include more realistic descriptions of what amounts to a serving, and add a new line to detail "added sugars" - not just total sugars.

The changes will likely take years to implement but administration officials said they hope that the first major overhaul of nutrition labels in 20 years will give Americans new tools for fighting the battle of the bulge.

"You as a parent and a consumer should be able to walk into your local grocery store, pick up an item off the shelf, and be able to tell whether it's good for your family," said a statement from First Lady Michelle Obama released ahead of the 11:00 am (12 midnight, Singapore time) announcement.

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