WASHINGTON, D.C., Sept. 29, 2017— American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown issued the following comments today on the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) proposed rule that extends the compliance date for the revised Nutrition Facts label by 18 months:
“We are disappointed with the FDA’s proposed delay of yet another food labeling regulation. These postponements keep consumers from obtaining valuable nutrition information. Empowering Americans to make informed choices when it comes to what they eat and drink should be the FDA’s top priority. This latest agency rule, however, pushes back the food industry’s compliance deadline for the Nutrition Facts label by 18 months, giving companies until January 2020 or 2021 to update their labels.
Consumers need these facts to compare and select healthier options that can reduce their risk of cardiovascular disease – our nation’s no. 1 and most costly killer. Not only is this extension extremely frustrating from a public health perspective, but it is also unnecessary. Companies frequently update their labeling, and many are already revising the Nutrition Facts label on their products. What’s more, several companies have already committed to meeting the original compliance date.
Once again, we urge the FDA to reconsider this extension, or at minimum, shorten the delay.”
About the American Heart Association
The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – the two leading causes of death in the world. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1, visit heart.org or call any of our offices around the country. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
About the American Stroke Association
The American Stroke Association is devoted to saving people from stroke — the No. 2 cause of death in the world and a leading cause of serious disability. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat stroke. The Dallas-based association officially launched in 1998 as a division of the American Heart Association. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-888-4STROKE or visit StrokeAssociation.org. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
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