|On May 20, 2016 the FDA announced updated nutritional panel information for the majority of food and beverages sold in the US. The final requirements are a result of feedback and analysis of agency research, industry input and available scientific data. Virtually all food and beverage packaging will need to adjust their current labels as a result of the final rule.
Major changes to the current label include:
- Highlighting “Calories,” “servings per container,” and the “Serving size” declarations by increasing the type size and placing the number of calories and the “Serving size” declaration in bold type.
- Requiring manufacturers to declare the actual amount, in addition to percent Daily Value, of mandatory vitamins and minerals.
- Addition of any “Added Sugars” directly beneath the listing for “Total Sugars”
- Changing the footnote to better explain the percent Daily Value.
Food and beverage manufacturers with annual sales of $10 million or more will have until July 26, 2018 to comply. Food and beverage manufacturers with annual sales of less than $10 million will have one additional year to comply.
Are your current labels in compliance?
The new label, as provided by the FDA, is below:
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