There was nothing Michelle Obama was more proud of from her time as First Lady than her “strides” in the area of nutrition as she tried to combat obesity in America. That’s why it came as bad news to her on Tuesday when Donald Trump’s Food and Drug Administration made a huge announcement that takes a major shot at her legacy.
The Washington Post reported that the FDA just announced an indefinite delay in the launch of Nutrition Fact labels that were intended to help Americans eat more healthy. These labels had been championed by Michelle, and they aimed to add a special line for “added sugars” and emphasize calorie content in large, bold text.
These labels were scheduled to be rolled out in July 2018, with a one-year extension for smaller manufacturers, but this announcement has pushed this back indefinitely.
This isn’t the first time the Trump administration has attacked Michelle’s nutrition plans. The FDA previously pushed back rules that would have required calorie counts on restaurant menus. One week later, Trump’s Department of Agriculture loosened the requirements of Michelle’s infamous school lunch plan for the amount of whole grain allowed in meals.
“After careful consideration,” the FDA said in it’s latest announcement, “the FDA determined that additional time would provide manufacturers covered by the rule with necessary guidance from FDA, and would help them be able to complete and print updated nutrition facts panels.”
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