SAFEGUARDS | Food NO. 108/16

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On May 20, 2016 the US Food and Drug Administration (US FDA) announced that a new nutrition facts panel will be required on all packaged foods. [1] The compliance date is July 26, 2018 for all manufacturers with annual food sales greater than $10,000,000 USD. All other companies will be required to make this change by July 26, 2019. This change doesn’t affect meat, poultry, processed eggs and siluriformes.

New Nutrition Facts Panel [2]

This new panel will include the following:

  1. Highlighted “calories” and “servings per container” – increasing prominence of font size and style

  2. Declaration of the amount in grams and percent Daily Value (%DV) of added sugars

  3. New Daily Values for Sodium, dietary fiber and vitamin D

  4. Required declaration of Vitamin D and Potassium, both the amounts and %DV

  5. Required amount declaration of Calcium and Iron

  6. A new abbreviated footnote to explain %DV

Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Calories from Fat are no longer required on the panel.

New Serving Size and Requirements [3]
The new serving size requirements are as follows:

  1. The US FDA has updated the serving size requirements to reflect what the US consumer actually eats

  2. There is a dual column requirement “per serving” and “per package” for those items that could be consumed at one sitting or multiple sittings

  3. For packages that are 1 to 2 servings per container, these items will be considered a single serving container and will have a Nutrition Facts panel to reflect this

Supplement Facts Panel

The US FDA is proposing a change to the supplement facts panel for dietary supplements that will be aligned with those changes for the Nutrition Facts panel, such as the changes in the %DV, prominence of Calories and the revised footnote.

The compliance date for this label change will be July 26, 2018 for most manufacturers, but those that have annual food sales of less than $10,000,000 have an additional year to bring their labels into compliance.

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