Nutrition-related chronic diseases, such as heart disease, cancer, and stroke are the leading causes of morbidity and mortality in the United States. The Nutrition Facts label remains one of the most widely used and referenced nutrition tools in the U.S. and the public health community has the potential to advance consumer awareness and use of the label as a powerful health promotion tool. The U.S Food and Drug Administration is requiring changes to the Nutrition Facts label based on updated scientific information, new nutrition research, and input from the public. This is the first major update to the label in over 20 years.
FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN), the Federal agency responsible for the Nutrition Facts label, as well as the nutrition education and outreach related to the label, will take you “behind the label” to share background on the changes and provide an in-depth tour of the updated Nutrition Facts label. CFSAN staff will also share educational materials and resources on the updated Nutrition Facts label for both health professionals and consumers.
Robin McKinnon, PhD, MPA
Mark Kantor, PhD
Maya Maroto, EdD, MPH, RDN
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Mark Kantor, PhD. Mark Kantor is a nutrition scientist in the Office of Nutrition and Food Labeling at the FDA Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition. He works on regulatory initiatives related to the Nutrition Facts label, including health claims. He also serves as an FDA representative to Healthy People 2020-2030, a public health program administered by the Dept. of Health and Human Services. Before joining FDA, Dr. Kantor was a faculty member at the Univ. of Maryland, College Park. He has degrees in food science and nutrition from Rutgers and Cornell and conducted postdoctoral research at the Miriam Hospital, Brown Univ. in Providence.
Maya Maroto, EdD, MPH, RD
Maya Maroto is a Public Health Educator at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN). Dr. Maroto works to develop, implement, and evaluate consumer nutrition and food safety education initiatives at FDA. Prior to joining FDA, she worked on nutrition education projects at the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS). She is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) and has a Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership from Morgan State University, a Master of Public Health in Nutrition from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Food Science from Auburn University.
Robin McKinnon, PhD, MPA
Robin McKinnon is a Senior Advisor for Nutrition Policy at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN). Dr. McKinnon works to advance nutrition-related activities across CFSAN. Prior to joining FDA, Dr. McKinnon was a Health Policy Specialist at the National Cancer Institute (NCI), National Institutes of Health. At NCI, Dr. McKinnon’s primary responsibilities were to lead initiatives to advance policy-relevant research on diet, obesity and physical activity. Dr. McKinnon has a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration from the George Washington University and a Master’s in Public Administration from Harvard University.