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FDA Proposes New Nutrition Labels on Foods

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The FDA proposes new nutrition labels on foods with more prominent calorie and sugar counts.

Michelle Obama made the announcement of the new labeling recommendations as part of her Let's Move initiative to fight childhood obesity.

The new labels would show updated serving sizes to reflect the larger amounts of pre-packaged food most people eat.

They would also require manufacturers to list any added sugars.

Dr. Charles Dumke, a University of Montana Professor of Health and Human Performance, said, "It can help them better understand what might be putting them at risk, meaning high cholesterol intakes, high calorie intakes."

The FDA will take comments on the proposal for 90 days, and a final rule could take another year.

Then, food producers would have two years to comply. 

The agency believes it will cost those companies a total of about $2 billion to revise labels.

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