UPDATED: Extension of Compliance Dates From July 26, 2018 to Jan. 1, 2020
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 markets are dominated by standard pressure sensitive papers and will have until January 2020 to comply.
Are your current labels in compliance?
The new label, as provided by the FDA, is below: