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Front Label Act

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A recent study by the CDC (http://bit.ly/MVQ7kZ) shows the direct correlation between added sugar intake and mortality.

Please introduce the bill proposed below to ensure that all food products with added sugar, including baby formula, must display a large label on the front of the package, warning of the risks associated with added sugar and stating the number of teaspoons of sugar in the entire package. This is in addition to existing serving size labeling requirements.

It will effectively make the public aware of this critical health issue and save lives. Thank you for your consideration on this urgent and meaningful issue.

A BILL
To amend the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Food Labeling Guide (last revised January 2013) so that all food products with added sugar must include a large label on the front of the package warning of the risks associated with added sugar and the total amount of added sugar in each package.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the ?Eradicate Childhood Obesity by Raising Awareness of the Risks Associated with Added Sugar.?

SEC. 2. REQUIRING THE FOOD INDUSTRY TO INDICATE LEVEL OF TOTAL ADDED SUGAR ON THE FRONT OF EVERY PACKAGE.
REQUIREMENT. All products in the food industry must have ?Added Sugar? labeling on the front of the package, in addition to existing serving size labeling requirements. The U.S. Surgeon General will endorse this labeling. Each label will indicate how much Added Sugar is in every food and drink product sold in the United States. If a product has added sugar in it, it will display a black and white label stating the number of teaspoons of sugar in the entire package, including, but not limited to, a can, bottle, or carton. Processed foods with no added sugar will display a green and white label stating that the product has 0 teaspoons of added sugar. The FDA will enforce these labels as a requirement for all products containing added sugar and processed food with no added sugar.

SEC. 3. ADVERTISING
The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) will create a campaign to promote the new labels and educate the citizens of the United States of America about this new proposed labeling, expressing its importance to our nation's health. Approximately six months before the labeling becomes mandatory, the USDA will introduce its campaign and familiarize the public with both the black and green labels.

SEC. 4. IMPLEMENTATION.
This act shall be implemented no later than 2 years after it is passed in Congress and will be financed by the USDA. The advertising campaign will begin six months before the label goes into place so that consumers become aware of the labels that will be on their food.

Sincerely,

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Apr 21st, 2017
Lauren A. from Elmhurst, IL signed.
Apr 21st, 2017
Someone from Brockton, MA signed.
Mar 30th, 2017
Someone from Scituate, MA writes:
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Consumers deserve to know the accurate nutritional content of the foods we purchase.
Mar 27th, 2017
Deanna M. from Swampscott, MA signed.
Mar 24th, 2017
Pilar B. from Miami, FL signed.
Mar 21st, 2017
Tristen P. from Haddam, CT writes:
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Knowing what is on a food label is extremely important and what certain words might have the meaning of. When people are purchasing soda and giving it to their children they don't know that phosphoric acid that is associated with soda products can counter react the calcium they are also giving their kids to make there bones stronger. Phosphoric acid makes your bones brittle but not everyone knows that. "Danger" foods and beverages should have risks with the ingredients that are labeled on the product.
Mar 13th, 2017
Someone from Boston, MA signed.
Mar 9th, 2017
Helen N. from East Longmeadow, MA signed.
Mar 8th, 2017
Heidi R. from Medford, MA signed.
Mar 7th, 2017
Sonia E. from Cambridge, MA signed.