New FDA Nutrition Facts Labels Finalized

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On May 20, 2016, the FDA finalized the new Nutrition Facts and Supplement Facts label for packaged foods and supplements to reflect new scientific information. To assist with compliance, ESHA published an eBook, Cutting Through Labeling Confusion, and has put together a webinar series focusing on the different aspects of the label changes and how we have incorporated these changes into Genesis R&D.

To view the webinar series, click here.

Timeline for Compliance

  • On May 27, 2016, the FDA published the final rules to the Federal Register.
  • On July 26th, 2016, the industry can begin selling products with the new labels
  • On Sept. 29, 2017, the FDA announced a compliance date extension:
    •  Jan. 1, 2020, for companies with more than 10 million dollars in annual food sales.
    • Jan. 1, 2021, for companies with less than 10 million dollars in annual food sales.

ESHA has released an updated version of the Genesis R&D Food Labeling software. The update includes all of the revised label formats and formulations. Additionally, the ESHA Database has been populated to include Added Sugar data and new Dietary Fiber fields.

Key Changes

New FDA nutrition labelFormatting

Calories are shown in a larger, bolder type and the Serving Size statement is now more prominent for Nutrition Facts labels.

Nutrients Revised

Daily Values for nutrients like Sodium, Dietary Fiber, and Vitamin D have been revised.

Nutrients Removed

Calories from Fat have been removed. Vitamins A and C are now voluntary nutrients.

Nutrients Added

Vitamin D, Potassium, and Added Sugar information are now mandatory label nutrients.

Serving Size

The RACC has been updated to reflect actual consumption. For certain products that are larger than a single serving but that could be consumed in one sitting or multiple sittings (e.g. a bag of chips, can of soup, pint of ice cream), a “dual column” label will need to be provided for per serving and servings per package.