New Nutrition Labels Proposed

P. Scott Shearer, Vice President

March 3, 2014

1 Min Read
New Nutrition Labels Proposed

The administration is proposing new nutrition labels with the aim to more accurately reflect what people actually eat. 

The proposed label would make calorie counts on labels more prominent and any sugars added by manufacturers would be required to be on the label.  There would be an “avoid too much” category for saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, sodium, and added sugar and a “get enough” section with vitamin D, potassium, calcium, iron, and fiber. 

Vitamin C and vitamin A listings would no longer be required.  Portion size would be changed for products.  An example would be soda.  Both a 12-oz. and 20-oz. sodas would be considered a single serving.


The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said that by law, serving sizes must be based on actual consumption, not some ideal.

There will be a 90-day public comment period.  Once the regulation is final, companies would have two years to comply. 

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About the Author(s)

P. Scott Shearer

Vice President, Bockorny Group, Inc.

Scott Shearer is vice president of the Bockorny Group Inc., a leading bipartisan government affairs consulting firm in Washington, D.C. With more than 30 years experience in government and corporate relations in state and national arenas, he is recognized as a leader in agricultural trade issues, having served as co-chairman of the Agricultural Coalition for U.S.-China Trade and co-chairman of the Agricultural Coalition for Trade Promotion Authority. Scott was instrumental in the passage of China Permanent Normal Trade Relations and TPA. He is past chairman of the USDA-USTR Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee for Trade in Animals and Animal Products and was a member of the USAID Food Security Advisory Committee. Prior to joining the Bockorny Group, Scott served as director of national relations for Farmland Industries Inc., as well as USDA’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for Congressional Affairs (1993-96), serving as liaison for the Secretary of Agriculture and the USDA to Congress.

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