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Infographic of Key Changes to the Nutrition Facts Label

Written by Beth Vessels 02 June 2016
Here is a quick overview of the differences between the 'old' and 'new' Nutrition Facts Label:

RL 2016 Nutrition Label Infographic

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Breaking News: The FDA Finalizes Guidelines for the Updated Nutrition Facts

Written by Beth Vessels 20 May 2016
The final ruling on the NEW Nutrition Facts Panel has been announced today. The changed facts panel is an effort to reduce America’s increasing obesity rates and related diseases.  Michelle Obama, who has been a fervent supporter of the revised nutrition facts, made the announcement today during the Partnership for a Healthier America summit.

In the next few days, we will be putting together a more comprehensive review of the changes and the impacts they will have on your food business. But for now, here are some of the key points:

·       Compliance date is July 26, 2018; however, an additional year will be given for food manufacturers with less than $10 million in annual sales.

·       “Added Sugar” declaration will be included.

·       Calories and servings will be more prominent.

·       Updated serving sizes for the RACC to come.

·       Dual Column labels will be required for foods with the RACC of 200% to 300%.

·       New nutrients Vitamin D and Potassium to be added (Vitamins A & C no longer required).

What should you do now?

Just hold tight a few more days. The industry was just sent out the guidance late this morning. As of today, the updated software is not available for us to produce the new label. We are awaiting an announcement from Esha, our analysis software company, regarding the timeline for the updates to come through.

Meanwhile, we will be pouring over the new regulations and will have more details coming to you early next week.

For more information on the New Nutrition Facts, visit: https://rlfoodtestinglaboratory.com/food-industry-resources/fda-nutrition-label-changes

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Important Questions Regarding the FDA’s New Nutrition Facts Label

Written by Beth Vessels 17 August 2015

The FDA recently published a supplemental rule that establishes a Daily Reference Value
(DRV) for added sugars on the food labeling of American food products. Initially proposed in March of
2014, the requirement has been a hotly-contested feature of nutrition labeling reform in recent
years. Aimed to "...assist consumers in maintaining healthy dietary practices" the new
information "...is consistent with current data on the associations between nutrients and chronic
diseases or health-related conditions, reflects current public health conditions in the United
States, and corresponds to new information on consumer behavior and consumption patterns."
In a prior review of American dietary habits, the FDA determined that solid fats and added
sugars make up inordinate proportions of American diets. On average, 35 percent of these
calories provide no nutritional benefits and add to weight management issues.

Consequences for Food Manufacturers

In the face of growing rates of obesity, heart disease, and diabetes among the American
populace, the new rules take a clear shot at the processed foods industry in the United States. It
remains unclear what cost the new regulations will exact upon food manufacturers and their
profit margins. Aimed primarily to increase awareness of the adverse effects of added sugars,
the new food labeling provisions will ensure the following of American food products:
An established DRV of 10 percent of total personal caloric intake from added sugars, or 200
such calories for the average American consumer.
A required statement of the products' added sugars as per percentage of daily value.
The presentation of a clear, simplified footnote on nutrition labels, stating " The % Daily Value
tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day
is used for general nutrition advice."

Departmental Inconsistencies

In their explanation of the new rules, the FDA cites findings from the 2015 Dietary Guidelines
Advisory Committee (DGAV). To wit, the FDA "...considered the scientific evidence that the
DGAC used, which showed that it is difficult to meet nutrient needs while staying within calorie
requirements if one exceeds 10 percent of total calories from added sugar, and has determined
that this information supports this daily value for added sugars. The DGAC also recommended
that Americans limit their added sugars intake to less than 10 percent of total calories."
Curiously, while the FDA has taken strongly to the DGAV's suggestions, neither the Department
of Health and Human Services (HHS) nor the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
has followed suit and adopted the regulations into the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

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Important Questions Regarding the FDA’s New Nutrition Facts Label

Written by Beth Vessels 17 August 2015
Sugar
The FDA recently published a supplemental rule that establishes a Daily Reference Value
(DRV) for added sugars on the food labeling of American food products. Initially proposed in March of
2014, the requirement has been a hotly-contested feature of nutrition labeling reform in recent
years. Aimed to "...assist consumers in maintaining healthy dietary practices" the new
information "...is consistent with current data on the associations between nutrients and chronic
diseases or health-related conditions, reflects current public health conditions in the United
States, and corresponds to new information on consumer behavior and consumption patterns."
In a prior review of American dietary habits, the FDA determined that solid fats and added
sugars make up inordinate proportions of American diets. On average, 35 percent of these
calories provide no nutritional benefits and add to weight management issues.

Consequences for Food Manufacturers

In the face of growing rates of obesity, heart disease, and diabetes among the American
populace, the new rules take a clear shot at the processed foods industry in the United States. It
remains unclear what cost the new regulations will exact upon food manufacturers and their
profit margins. Aimed primarily to increase awareness of the adverse effects of added sugars,
the new food labeling provisions will ensure the following of American food products:
An established DRV of 10 percent of total personal caloric intake from added sugars, or 200
such calories for the average American consumer.
A required statement of the products' added sugars as per percentage of daily value.
The presentation of a clear, simplified footnote on nutrition labels, stating " The % Daily Value
tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day
is used for general nutrition advice."

Departmental Inconsistencies

In their explanation of the new rules, the FDA cites findings from the 2015 Dietary Guidelines
Advisory Committee (DGAV). To wit, the FDA "...considered the scientific evidence that the
DGAC used, which showed that it is difficult to meet nutrient needs while staying within calorie
requirements if one exceeds 10 percent of total calories from added sugar, and has determined
that this information supports this daily value for added sugars. The DGAC also recommended
that Americans limit their added sugars intake to less than 10 percent of total calories."
Curiously, while the FDA has taken strongly to the DGAV's suggestions, neither the Department
of Health and Human Services (HHS) nor the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
has followed suit and adopted the regulations into the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

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Breaking News: The FDA Finalizes Guidelines for the Updated Nutrition Facts FDA’s Final Ruling on New Nutrition Label Close at Hand

Written by Joomla Super User 10 November 2014
Whether you are a food manufacturer, a small startup or a food service provider, you are most likely aware of the FDA's proposed changes to the Nutrition Facts Label, including the proposed changes to serving sizes. The final decision will impact anyone that is required to provide nutrition facts for their product. After the announcement of the proposed changes in February 2014, there was a comment period which enabled the public to comment on the proposed changes. The comment period ended on August 1, 2014. Even with the comment period closing, there is still more to do on the FDA's proposed nutrition label changes.

Very often we receive calls from customers that are either concerned about the FDA's proposed changes or have questions about the changes. We participated in the comment period, ourselves, and voiced a concern about the proposed timeline for the industry to comply with the addition of required nutrients to the label. Like many who have commented, we sometimes wonder: did the FDA hear us and will it make a difference? Is this all we can do?

Just because the comment period ended on August 1st, interest and concern haven't. Instead of feeling helpless and irrelevant, let's start to fill the cup half way full and continue our efforts.

Bruce Silverglade, Principal Attorney at Olsson Frank Weeda (OFW), feels that being proactive is the way to go and offers ways in which we can still engage and impact the final decision. In his recent blog post Mr. Silverglade tells us, "Don't sit back and wait: Be proactive!" He explains, "Filing a comment with FDA is the first, not the last, step in participating in the development of a final regulation."

It can be of interest to know what others have submitted during the comment period. This can help shine a light on who else might share the same stance and who has an opposing perspective.

Mr. Silverglade goes on to encourage anyone in the food industry, who might have concerns, to request a meeting with Members of the House and Senate Committees. They have jurisdiction over FDA's annual appropriations, as well as leading the Members from Congressional committees that have FDA oversight responsibilities. These meetings can serve as a way to share concerns by discussing the impact as it relates to individual areas in the food industry that might be overlooked or aren't being considered merely because of a lack of awareness.

Bottom line, we can still make an impact on the final ruling and there are things that we can be doing to achieve this. Let's continue to work smart, use the available resources, agencies and organizations that are available to be heard, and just remember folks, it's not over...yet.

We are following these propsed changes closely. Check back here for breaking updates.

References:
http://www.fda.gov/Food/GuidanceRegulation/GuidanceDocumentsRegulatoryInformation/LabelingNutrition/
http://agfdablog.com/2014/10/06/what-to-do-after-i-filed-my-comment-on-fdas-proposed-nutrition-facts-labeling-regulations/

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