Friday, May 20, 2016

FDA Finalizes New Nutrition Facts and Supplement Facts Labels

The FDA today announced a major redesign of nutrition facts label for packaged foods - the first such update in 20 years.  

The new design will make the "calories" and "servings" information more obvious and include a new line for added sugar (in grams and as percent Daily Value).  It will also update serving sizes that are more in line with amounts that people actually consume.  

"Total Fat," "Saturated Fat," and "Trans Fat" will continue to be required but "Calories from Fat" is being removed.  

Vitamin D and potassium will be required on the label.  Calcium and iron will continue to be required.  Vitamins A and C will not be required but may be included.

The daily values for nutrients like sodium, dietary fiber and vitamin D will be updated.

An abbreviated footnote for the %DV.

Manufacturers will need to use the new label by July 26, 2018. However, manufacturers with less than $10 million in annual food sales will have an additional year to comply.

The supplement facts panel will also have minor updates to reflect the changes in the nutrition facts panel.

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