Live Interview with Krista Maier: Nutrition Facts labeling

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Krista Maier is the Associate Director of Public Policy for the American Diabetes Association. Her primary areas of focus include state and federal policies related to Medicaid, primary prevention of type 2 diabetes and Affordable Care Act implementation. Krista earned her Juris Doctor degree from American University Washington College of Law in Washington, D.C., and her bachelor’s degree in Speech Communication from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

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On March 2, 2014, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released two proposals to update the Nutrition Facts label found on most food packages in the United States. Since a healthful eating pattern is a key component of diabetes management and prevention, accurate and easily understandable food labels are essential in ensuring individuals with and at risk for diabetes are able to follow their individualized eating plans and achieve their daily nutrition goals.

Krista will provide an overview of the changes being proposed by the FDA, focusing on those that may have the greatest impact on individuals with and at risk for diabetes. In addition, in this interview she will let consumers know how they can make their voices heard and tell the FDA what they like about the proposed changes—or how they can be improved. Comments are due to the FDA by Aug. 1, 2014.

Comments-FDA Nutrition Label Proposed Rule-Final.pdf

Comments-FDA Serving Size Rule-Final.pdf

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Comment by Marie B on June 30, 2014 at 12:54pm

if you'd like to comment on the proposed food labels, here is where to do it. the comment period closes August 1 2014

Comment by Marie B on June 30, 2014 at 5:55am

Can anything be done to force the food companies to have sensible serving sizes? Some of the wackiest I've seen are for a pizza where a serving is 1/5 of a pie (how do you cut that?) and Campbell's soup where a can is 2 1/2 servings.

Comment by mary on June 24, 2014 at 11:33am

I've noticed that many packages now list in large type the grams of sugar. This is confusing. Individuals with and at risk for diabetes need to know how many grams of carbohydrate are in each serving. Grams of sugar do not equal grams of carbohydrate. This also spreads the misinformation that sugar somehow causes diabetes. Eating sugar does not cause diabetes and those who have diabetes can and do eat sugar.

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