DeLauro applauds proposed new nutrition labels with sugar content

Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, who represents a part of Shelton, is praising the FDA’s proposed new nutrition labels that would identify how much sugar is in a product.

“When added sugars are hidden amongst other ingredients consumers may not be aware of the total amount of sugar in the food they purchase and consume,” said DeLauro, a 12-term Democrat.

“Providing consumers with a more accurate representation of the amount of added sugars in food products will enable more informed dietary decisions,” she said.

First major label change in 20 years

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has proposed an update to nutrition labels, which have not been significantly changed in two decades.

DeLauro, who has been active in food safety issues, has long advocated for such a change. She is the former chairman of the U.S. House subcommittee responsible for funding the FDA.

“This modification will indicate to consumers the relative amount of added sugars in their food options and bring nutrition facts labeling in line with the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans,” she said. “These updates are long overdue and I applaud the FDA for finally making them happen.”

Shelton has two members of Congress

The city of Shelton is divided between the Third District, represented by DeLauro, and the Fourth District, represented by fellow Democratic U.S. Rep. Jim Himes.

The Third District is centered in New Haven County, while the Fourth District includes most of Fairfield County. DeLauro lives in New Haven and was first elected to Congress in 1990.