The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) needs to hear from you on proposed changes to the food label. The FDA is proposing to add the amounts of calcium and potassium to the nutrition facts on food labels. This is a great win for people with kidney disease as it will promote better tracking of calcium and potassium intake. People with kidney disease often need to decrease the amount of potassium and calcium they eat and these changes can help patients follow their dietitians’ recommendations much more easily.
Including the amount of phosphorus would also be helpful to kidney patients, as well as the general population, since more studies are pointing to the dangers of too much phosphorus. However, the FDA has not proposed adding phosphorus to the food label and to change that, we need your help.
You can submit comments to the FDA and tell the agency why it is so important that you are aware of what is in your food and how much of it is in there. NKF is sending this letter to the FDA, but your letter does not need to be as technical. Here is an outline of what you may want to consider including in your comments.
- Thank the FDA for proposing to include the amounts of calcium and potassium on food labels and tell the agency why including this information is helpful for you. Encourage the FDA to make this proposal final.
- Tell the FDA why including phosphorus would also be helpful for you and encourage them to add the amount of phosphorus to the food label.
- Thank the FDA for considering your comments.
Your comments will be displayed publicly, so make sure you don’t include any details like your address and phone number in the body of your comments. There are other sections where you can enter your personal information that the FDA will keep private and use only to verify that you are a real person.
Once you have drafted your comments, you can submit here.