While members of our Cherney team attended the IAFP (International Association for Food Protection) conference in St. Louis last week, one of the most common questions that we answered was regarding the update to the FDA’s requirements for the new Nutrition Facts Label. These changes – made final on May 27th, 2016 - will require that manufacturers with more than $10M in annual food sales are compliant and utilize the new label by July 26, 2018. Smaller manufacturers with less than $10M in sales have an additional year to comply.
Being a hot topic right now – here’s a quick 411 to help you get ready!
Quick Highlights of the Final Nutrition Facts Label
- A Refreshed Design
- The “iconic” look of the label remains, but updates were incorporated to ensure consumers have access to the information they need to make informed decisions about the foods they eat.
- Manufacturers must declare the actual amount, in addition to percent Daily Value of vitamin D, calcium, iron and potassium. They can voluntarily declare the gram amount for other vitamins and minerals.
- The footnote is changing to better explain what percent Daily Value means.
- Updated Information about Nutrition Science
- “Added sugars,” in grams and as percent Daily Value - required
- Vitamin D and Potassium - required
- Vitamins A and C - not required but voluntary
- Calories from Fat - removed
- Daily values for sodium, dietary fiber and vitamin D - updated
- Updates Serving Sizes and Labeling Requirements for Certain Package Sizes
- Serving sizes must be based on amounts of foods and beverages that people are actually eating, not what they should be eating.
- Packages that are between one and two servings, calories and other nutrients will be required to be labeled as one serving because people typically consume it in one sitting.
- Specific products that are larger than a single serving but that could be consumed in one sitting or multiple sittings, manufacturers will have to provide “dual column” labels to indicate the amount of calories and nutrients on both a “per serving” and “per package”/“per unit” basis.
Copyright: United States Food & Drug Administration
Why is this important? Most notably – consumer habits, eating styles and nutrition have significantly changed since the label was most recently updated 20 years ago. These changes are based on new scientific information, research, and dietary recommendations.
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