The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) last week announced a proposed new rule redefining the term “healthy” as relates packaged foods. With the publication of the proposed rule in the Federal Register on September 29, concerned parties and the general public will now have 90 days to file formal comments with the agency. The new definition purports to better account for nutrients in various food groups working in concert to create healthy dietary patterns and thereby improve the health of Americans. The proposal will allow for more foods to be eligible to use the claim of being “healthy” on their labeling. Under the current Dietary Guidelines, dated 202 through 2025, about 5% of all packaged foods are eligible to be labeled as healthy. As directed in the Federal Register posting, interested parties can submit comments on the proposed rule electronically at but comments must include Docket No. FDA-2016-D-2335 for “Food Labeling: Nutrient Content Claims; Definition of Term ‘Healthy’.”