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US proposes major update to food labels in bid to combat obesity

Published on Feb 28, 2014 2:28 AM
US first lady Obama unveils proposed updates to nutrition facts labels during remarks in the East Room of the White House in Washington. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - Packaged foods sold in the United States would display calorie counts more prominently and include the amount of added sugar under a proposal to significantly update nutritional labels for the first time in 20 years as health officials seek to reduce obesity and combat related diseases such as diabetes.

The Food and Drug Administration said on Thursday its proposal would also ensure that the amount of calories listed per serving reflects the portions that people typically eat.

That change may result in per-serving calorie counts doubling for some foods such as ice cream.

First lady Michelle Obama, who has used her White House position to launch the "Let's Move" campaign to fight childhood obesity, announced the proposal alongside the FDA.

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