On Feb. 27, 2014, the FDA announced proposed updates to the labeling regulations for foods and dietary supplements, which Michelle Obama unveiled on the anniversary of her Let’s Move program. The FDA believes the new regulations will help address obesity by driving attention to calories and serving sizes.
Proposed changes include a complete overhaul of the food label, which has not changed dramatically since labels were first required more than 20 years ago.
Broadly, the new regulations would include: changes to the list of declared nutrients, updated Daily Reference Values and Reference Daily Intake values, format and appearance modifications for the Nutrition Facts panel and revised serving sizes. After a 90-day comment period, the FDA will spend some time considering the comments and then put forth a final rule.
These new regulations will affect all products that use Nutrition Facts and Supplement Facts labels to display their nutritional content. According to the FDA, the change will affect 60,000 manufacturers and more than 700,000 UPC codes. Some manufacturers will want to reformulate based on the new nutrient emphasis.
Nutritional analysis labeling software can help food and supplement manufacturers navigate the new regulations. By providing accurate, compliant nutrition labels that meet the current FDA regulations, reputable labeling software companies know how to research the new regulations and create an optimal path forward for their users. Team up with nutrition labeling software today so that you can be ready when the new regulations are released.