As part of the 2016 FDA labeling revisions, portions sizes that Americans tend to consume were taken into consideration and as a result, Reference Amounts Customarily Consumed (RACC) were revisited and updated with more recent eating habits in mind.
Additionally, the FDA changed the definition of single-serving containers and added a requirement for dual-column labeling for specific containers sizes.
We have covered other Dual Column Nutrition Facts label formats (such as, as packaged/as prepared), in another blog post, this blog will cover the specifics for:
Consistent with consumer eating habits, the FDA requires that packages that contain less than 200% of the RACC must be labeled as a single-serving container and show nutrition information for the whole package.
However, packages that contain 150-200% of the RACC may voluntarily display a Dual Column Nutrition Facts label that also provides per serving nutrition information.
The FDA’s Dual-Column requirement applies to containers that have between 2 and 3 servings in them. These packages are required to show nutrition information for a single serving and per the whole container, unless an exemption applies.
For discrete units, compare actual product weight (or mL) to the RACC weight to determine if a unit is one or more servings. For small units, like mini muffins, determine if more than one unit equals a serving. Use this formula for both:
(scale gram weight/RACC) x 100 = % RACC
Let’s run through some examples for a Carbonated Beverage product. The RACC for Carbonated Beverages is 12 fl oz.
Example 1: 20 fl oz Container
(20 fl oz / 12 fl oz) x 100 = 166%
In this example, the product falls under the single-serving container rule (150% to <200% of the RACC) and must display nutrition information for the whole container.
Alternatively, we could choose to voluntarily display a dual-column label to show nutrition information closest to the RACC amount and per container. In this case, one serving equals the full bottle and the voluntary serving information is 1/2 bottle.
Single-Serving Container Label Example
Example 2: 24 fl oz container
(24 fl oz / 12 fl oz) x 100 = 200%
In this example, the product contains 2 servings and will require a dual-column label to show nutrition information for a single serving (12 fl oz) and per the whole container (24 fl oz).
With Genesis R&D Food Formulation & Labeling Software, users can easily create Dual-Column Nutrition Facts Label from a single Recipe in order to comply with the FDA’s Dual-Column Requirement for 2-3 Servings.
Tutorial: Creating a Dual Column Label for Packages Containing 200-300% of the RACC (or 2-3 servings)
This tutorial will show you how to use the Label Settings in Genesis R&D Foods to create a Dual Column label from a single Recipe.
Webinar: Creating Dual-Column Nutrition Facts Labels with Genesis R&D Food
During this webinar, we discuss the FDA regulations and requirements for packages that require Dual-Column Labels and the updates to Reference Amounts Customarily Consumed (RACC) for food product categories. Additionally, we demonstrate how to create a Dual-Column Label from a single recipe in the Genesis R&D Food Labeling software.