Who determines the serving sizes for food in the United States?

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Mary Mullen
Nutrition & Dietetics
In the United States, there are two main entities that define serving sizes: the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The USDA’s MyPlate provides recommended serving sizes for each of the five food groups and the oil category. In addition, the FDA, which is responsible for most food product labeling, determines the serving sizes used on the Nutrition Facts panel on packaged foods. In many cases, the serving size listed on the Nutrition Facts label is different from the MyPlate recommended serving size. In fact, many of the MyPlate serving sizes are smaller than those listed on the Nutrition Facts label.
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