Last Updated: January 30, 2014
Topic: Added Sugars
FDA, as part of its effort to promote public health, is currently studying consumer reaction to “added sugars” listed separately from “sugars” on the panel. Several consumer groups would also like added sugars to be listed separately on the Nutrition Facts panel to help consumers understand the ingredients included in their food and beverages.
In response, NCA submitted comments to FDA stating that the labeling of “added sugars” would not be enforceable because the scientific methods to detect sugars in foods cannot differentiate between naturally-occurring and added sugars. Additionally, NCA commented that added sugars do not inherently differ from instrinsic or naturally-occuring sugars.