Bill Would Require Artificial Sweetener Labeling
Members of Congress have introduced the TRUTH in Labeling Act- short for Transparency, Readability, Understandability, Truth and Helpfulness- that would direct the Food and Drug Administration to develop new front-of-package labels for foods and beverages sold in the U.S.
Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) and Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) said the bill ensures foods have clear front-of-package labels that highlight high levels of nutrients of high concern such as salt, sugar and saturated fat.
Sugar Association CEO Courtney Gaine called the legislation’s requirement for monitoring of artificial sweeteners encouraging, since there are currently no such disclosure requirements.
Gaine told Agri-Pulse, "While evidence shows that front-of-pack labeling has not improved health in countries like Chile where it has been implemented, the Sugar Association supports transparency for consumers with regard to calories and all ingredients, including sugar and artificial sweeteners.”
The bill is backed by about 20 advocacy groups, including the Center for Science in the Public Interest and Consumer Federation of America. Separately, FDA has already solicited comments and begun consumer testing for different package designs.
Cook County Farm Bureau voting members will be asked their thoughts on food labeling as part of this year’s Viewpoint Survey. The Governmental Affairs Committee will use the feedback from members to craft proposed policy changes.