The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced new guidance to help packaged food makers comply with the latest Nutrition Facts label guidelines.
The guidance addresses topics related to the definition of a single-serving container. The FDA includes reference amounts that typically delineate serving sizes; dual-column labeling, including formatting issues for products with limited space; and other matters, such as requirements for chewing gum labels and other multi-unit retail food packages.
According to the analysis provided by the American Bakers Association, labeling changes include:
Additional background regarding reference amounts typically consumed for non-juice beverages for infants and young children.
Clarity regarding whether the Nutrition Facts label for products sold in small packages must list all nutrients in insignificant amounts.
Modification of guidance regarding the placement of the Nutrition Facts and Supplement Facts labels to clarify that the label shouldn’t be on the bottom of packages (such as the bottom of boxes, cans, and bottles) they’re visible during standard retail display and consumer handling.
“The new Nutrition Facts label has updated serving sizes for many foods,” explained Dr. Claudine Kavanaugh, Director of the Office of Nutrition and Food Labeling in the FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition. “We know that Americans are eating differently, and the calories and nutrients on the label are required to reflect what people eat and drink — not a recommendation of what to eat or drink. The new label, including this dual column layout, will drive consumers’ attention to the calories and Percent Daily Value of nutrients they’re consuming.”
Manufacturers with $10 million or more in annual food sales must comply with the updated food labeling regulations by Jan. 1, 2020. Meanwhile, manufacturers with less than $10 million in annual food sales have an additional year to comply.
During the first six months of 2020, the FDA plans to work closely with manufacturers to meet the new Nutrition Facts label requirements and forgo enforcement actions.
Finally, the FDA will relax enforcement of single-ingredient sugar makers, such as honey and maple syrup, and certain cranberry products, until July 1, 2021.
This update is just the latest in a string of changes made to the new labeling regulations. TraceGains can help companies unpack all of these changes, including this latest guidance.
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