Support Citizen Petition to FDA

June 30, 2016

Dockets Management Branch
Room 1061
Food and Drug Administration
5630 Fishers Lane
Rockville, Md. 20852

Docket No. 99P-2630

To whom it may concern:

     I write in strong support of the citizen petition filed last year by the Center for Science in the Public Interest requesting that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) establish a Daily Reference Value of 40 grams for added sugar and require the declaration of added sugars in both grams per serving and a corresponding percent Daily Value.

     The Federal government’s new “Dietary Guidelines for Americans” (issued in May 2000) urges consumers “to choose sensibly to limit your intake of beverages and foods that are high in added sugars.” In order to follow this advice, I need information about added sugars on the packages of food that I may buy.

     While the Dietary Guidelines recognizes that the body cannot distinguish between added and naturally occurring sugars, there is a world of difference between the foods that are rich in one or the other. Sugars that occur naturally in fruits, vegetables, and dairy products are usually associated with a variety of nutrients. In contrast, foods high in added sugars are typically high in calories and low in nutrients.

     Accordingly, I urge you to amend FDA’s food labeling regulations to provide me with the information I need to improve my diet.


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