Food Labeling in the US and Ozmo’s Cool New Feature
Arguably, one of the biggest and best developments in the consumer food products industry in the 21st century is the establishment of a consistent, tightly regulated food labeling system. Knowledge is power, and there’s no form of power more coveted than the ability to have control over your body, your health and your general wellbeing.
With more than 2 in 3 adults considered overweight or obese in the United States, the need for food labeling is undisputable. Sure, saying that it’s the magical solution is a far-cry, but a presenting an opportunity for American consumers to at least make an informed decision nonetheless serves as a good starting point to mitigate this problem that has been lurking since the 1970s.
And this view is evidently shared by the American government too, which in May 2016, pushed out a major overhaul to nutritional guidelines printed on packaged foods, something that hasn’t seen changes since two decades ago. The change saw the labels becoming more relevant by including vital information previously not stated such as amounts of added sugar, potassium, Vitamin D, calcium and iron, as well as new serving sizes that are actually reflective of how Americans normally eat.
What’s to note, though, is that manufacturers have up to 3 years to update their labels, depending on the sizes of the companies. But in the mean time, get familiar with these labels that you should have been seeing around:
Here at Ozmo, we agree wholeheartedly the importance of knowing exactly what we’re consuming, and we’re welcoming these changes with open arms. In fact, we’ve been trying hard to contribute to this wave of health movement by developing a cool new feature for our Ozmo App. We’re incredibly excited to announce that users of the Ozmo App in the United States are now able to obtain nutritional information on major consumer food products through an easy-to-use barcode scanner. Ever wondered how many grams of sugar is in that bottle of orange juice? What about the sodium level in that tub of hummus? We are now bringing you those information from the USDA Food Composition Databases right to your screen. Check it out, and start making easier and more conscious decisions on what you’re eating!