With the FDA’s final ruling, there have been a number of significant changes to nutrients on the Nutrition and Supplement Facts labels. These changes have been implemented into our Genesis R&D program.
Below is a short summary that covers some of the nutrient changes, including the newly required mandatory nutrients, increases in Daily Value (DV), and unit of measure changes.
Nutrient DV Changes
Dietary Fiber is a mandatory label nutrient that has received a new definition and an increase in the DV from 25 g to 28 g.
Potassium has changed from a voluntary label nutrient to a mandatory label nutrient and the DV has increased from 3500 mg to 4700 mg.
Vitamin C has changed from a mandatory label nutrient to a voluntary label nutrient and the DV has increased from 60 mg to 90 mg.
Nutrient Unit Changes
Vitamin D was a voluntary nutrient and is now a mandatory nutrient. The new label must list the amount of Vitamin D in mcg per serving and percent DV, unless the product contains an insignificant amount (< 2% of the DV). Reporting Vitamin D in mcg is a change in units from the pre-existing label which reports Vitamin D in IU units.
Note: Vitamin D must be listed in mcg, however, Vitamin D IUs may be listed voluntarily in parenthesis as well.
Vitamin A was a mandatory nutrient and is now a voluntary label nutrient. If Vitamin A is listed on the new nutrition label it must be listed in mcg of Retinol Activity Equivalents (RAE), which is a change in unit from the pre-existing label, where Vitamin A was listed in IUs.
Vitamin E is a voluntary nutrient whose label unit is changing from IU to mg of alpha-tocopherol.
Folate is a voluntary nutrient whose label unit is changing from mcg of total folate to mcg of Dietary Folate Equivalents (DFE).
Added Sugars has been added as a new mandatory label nutrient with a DV of 50 gm.
Choline has been added as a new voluntary nutrient with a DV of 550 mg. In the pre-existing regulations, Choline was not allowed on the Nutrition Facts panel at all.