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Blumenthal & DeLauro call for more detailed food labels

U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal and Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, both of Connecticut, want the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to further improve the food packaging labeling rules the agency proposed earlier this year. Blumenthal gave an example of one improvement they’d like to see.

“Tell consumers how much sugar is in the product, not in grams, but in teaspoons," said Blumenthal. "Americans don’t understand what grams are. They do understand teaspoons.”

The lawmakers also want more honest definitions of food marketing terms like all natural, whole wheat and healthy. The FDA’s proposed new labeling rules are aimed at updating serving size requirements among other changes. In a written statement, an FDA spokesperson says the agency values input from members of Congress as they finalize the new labeling standards.

Craig produces sound-rich features and breaking news coverage for WGBH News in Boston. His features have run nationally on NPR's Morning Edition, All Things Considered and Weekend Edition, as well as on PRI's The World and Marketplace. Craig has won a number of national and regional awards for his reporting, including two national Edward R. Murrow awards in 2015, the national Society of Professional Journalists Sigma Delta Chi award feature reporting in 2011, first place awards in 2012 and 2009 from the national Public Radio News Directors Inc. and second place in 2007 from the national Society of Environmental Journalists. Craig is a graduate of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and Tufts University.