FDA proposes new rules for packaged foods to qualify as ‘healthy’

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Wednesday proposed new rules to label packaged foods as “healthy” as it aims to help people make informed nutritional choices that can help reduce the risk of diseases chronicles.

The proposed changes to food labeling come on the day of the first White House summit on hunger, nutrition and health in more than 50 years.

Under the new proposal, packaged products will be allowed to carry the ‘healthy’ label provided they contain a certain amount of food from at least one of the groups, recommended by the current dietary guidelines, with specified limits for saturated fat, sodium and added sugars.

More than 80% of the American population does not eat enough vegetables, fruits and dairy products, while consuming unhealthy amounts of added sugars, saturated fats and sodium in their diet, the FDA said.

“Too many people may not know what constitutes a healthy diet. The FDA’s decision will help educate more Americans,” HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra said in a statement.

The agency said it was also looking to design a logo that manufacturers could display on products that meet FDA health criteria to help consumers easily identify and select the right items.

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