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The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) has called for improved nutrition labeling on packaged foods and beverages, including specific recommendations for single serve packages.

“During the past decade, the Nutrition Facts Panel has become an easily recognized source of information among consumers. However, because of the current design, consumers do not always link caloric content to the serving size listed,” said GMA Senior Director of Nutrition and Regulatory Policy Alison Kretser, MS, RD. “Some simple changes to the Nutrition Facts Panel could help consumers make smarter dietary choices.”

In comments submitted to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), GMA recommended that FDA increase and bold the font size of both serving size and calories, and eliminate the line that visually separates these two interdependent pieces of information. GMA also suggested that FDA allow companies to add a footnote directing consumers to for personalized nutrition information.

GMA suggested two design options for single serve packages, including a dual column format that would list nutrition information per serving and per package. For products with limited labeling space, companies could instead add a single line declaring “Calories Per Container.”
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