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Consumers in the United States may have to wait until January 1, 2020, to see the new nutrition label on all foods, but the wheels are in motion. Although the Food and Drug Administration originally had named July 26, 2018, as the required deadline for revamped nutrition food labels, The Washington Free Beacon announced recently that the FDA had moved that date to 2020. The label changes were part of what Michelle Obama championed during her anti-obesity “Let’s Move” efforts while she was First Lady.

The main reason for the delay is that food companies and trade groups said they needed more time to reformulate their products, update their labeling software, and secure nutritional information from their suppliers. For some food manufacturers, this is a huge task given the many products they have on the market.


The new nutrition labels, which will gradually make their way onto grocery shelves as some companies will comply before the deadline, will display a number of changes. For example:

• Calorie count and serving size are in a larger font and thus more easily seen
• Sugar content will be broken down into “total sugar” and “added sugar,” with the % Daily Value also given. This modification is especially significant since overconsumption of added sugar has been linked to obesity, diabetes, and other serious health problems
• Recommended daily intake values have been modified
• Servings sizes are larger, which is a truer reflection of the eating habits of Americans
• Values for vitamins and minerals (e.g., calcium, vitamin D, potassium, iron) in the lower portion of the label will now provide amounts in milligrams and micrograms as well as percentages
• Information about % Daily Value has been simplified

The Obama administration stated that changes to the nutrition facts label was important for Americans to “make more informed food choices.” The FDA echoed that sentiment, noting that the new labels for packaged foods will “reflect new scientific information, including the link between diet and chronic diseases such as obesity and heart disease.” One thing to keep in mind: the new regulations only apply to food manufacturers who make more than $10 million in sales annually.

SOURCE: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/how-to-make-sense-of-the-new-u-s-nutrition-labels.html

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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

Dear Patients:

Our patients, employees and family are our top priority at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

We ask you to not visit any of our locations if you have symptoms such as fever, sneezing, coughing and possible shortness of breath.

Please cancel your appointment and re-schedule once you are feeling better and are no longer suffering with symptoms.

Only non-symptomatic patients will be seen. No exceptions.

Accompanying family members – including children – are asked to remain in the waiting area and will not be allowed to enter the exam rooms.

During this time of high concern regarding the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) we are taking extra precautions to maintain the highest possible standards of safety and cleanliness. Please be advised that we are carefully following recommendations from both the CDC and WHO and are here to help guide you through this time if needed.

Some steps we are taking to keeping safe:

  1. We know how important cleanliness is and always maintain the highest standards of cleanliness. To further offer you peace of mind, we have increased the frequency of the cleaning of our office.
  2. Rest assured that hand washing is strictly followed. Hand sanitizer is available to all staff and patients.
  3. Additionally, if you have recently traveled to a country with high rates of the coronavirus or have been on a cruise, please reschedule your visit for at least 14 days from your return date. We will gladly accommodate your needs to reschedule. At that time, a telehealth interface can be arranged if necessary.

Find up-to-date and accurate information on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website and feel free to reach out with questions.

- Your team at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

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