FDA Stirs Debate Over Labeling Authority With Sugar Rule

By Emily Field (May 25, 2016, 8:49 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration last week unveiled a sweeping overhaul to nutritional labels that it says will help shoppers to make healthy choices, but attorneys expect challenges to the new rule and the agency's authority to require food companies to list how much sugar is added to their products.

The added-sugar requirement — part of the agency's recent revamp of the nutritional facts panel for packaged foods, which hadn't been updated in two decades — reflects current thinking that excess sugar consumption is at least partially to blame for the country's skyrocketing obesity rates and associated health problems, attorneys...

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