FDA proposes new nutrition labels

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. While the FDA works on new nutrition labels, City Market is already ahead of the game.

City Market's NuVal system ranks food on a scale of 1 to 100. One having no nutritional value and 100 being the best for your health. The numbers are based on the ingredients and presence of nutrients.

"Anything we can do to make it easier for our customers to shop healthier we want to do," Stephen Pollard, City Market.

The FDA is also working on making shopping easier. One change could affect serving sizes. For example, instead of the calories in soda reflecting the eight ounce serving size, it will show how many calories are in the whole drink.

The new labels would remove the calories from fat to focus instead of the total calories and would also show how much sugar is in added in the product by manufacturers.

Shopper Marci Smilanich said she is looking forward to the changes if they go through,"I have found myself when I'm looking at sugar contents or calorie contents really hunting and scrutinizing."

The FDA has opened a 90 day comment period about the new labels. Experts and the public can provide input on the proposed rules. A final rule on the labels could take another year to complete and if approved, manufacturing companies will then have two years to implement the changes.

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