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Single-serve or whole-package data

FDA held a public workshop in November 2003 to explore links between obesity, food labels, and packaging as part of its ongoing effort to address the obesity issue.

The agency said it is considering whether to require food packages to list nutrition data in its entirety rather than by serving size, as they do now. This would save consumers the need to do math calculations to determine the number of calories, sodium, fat, and carbohydrates in the entire package. Nutrition experts have complained that FDA’s guidelines on serving sizes are outdated, but FDA said it had no plans to change them.

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