The Food and Drug Administration has reviewed the Nutrition Facts Label (also known as the Nutrition Facts Panel, NFP) and decided to update the label to reflect more recent ideas relating to nutrition. This change was championed by First Lady Michelle Obama and the final regulation was released on May 20, 2016.
Nutrition Facts Label
Who is covered?
This regulation affects all packaged foods that have a Nutrition Facts Label and manufacturers are required to pay for the pack changes to their products.
What is required?
Changes to the label include:
- The addition of an added sugar line;
- “Sugars” has been changed to “total sugars;”
- Nutrients of public health concern have been changed to include Vitamin D and potassium instead of Vitamins A and C;
- The Daily Value (DV) has changes for certain nutrients;
- The footnote has been reworded; and
- Now, records will be required for certain products with fiber and added sugars that cannot be chemically tested for.
The compliance date for this regulation is July 26, 2018 for manufacturers with $10 million or more in annual food sales and July 26, 2019 for manufacturers with less than $10 million in annual food sales.
What can we do for you?
Food Directions can help you implement this new regulation from beginning to end. With our thorough knowledge and understanding of the rule, we can answer all of your questions. We can also work with your team and the FDA to file for exemptions from certain portions of the rule if your products meet the requirements.