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Important Questions Regarding the FDA’s New Nutrition Facts Label

Written by Beth Vessels 02 June 2016
Here are answers to your important questions regarding the FDA’s final ruling for the revised Nutrition Facts Label:

When can I get the new label?

Our software provider, Esha, has provided us that the updated patch and we can now produce the new label. 

When do I need to have the new Nutrition Facts on my food product by?

January 1, 2020 is the compliance date. However, an extra year is given for manufacturers who have less than $10 million in annual sales.

What should I do now?

We will need the nutrition information, for all your ingredients and sub-ingredients, updated with the newly added nutrients: Potassium, Vitamin D and Added Sugars. If you use a flour, for example, then you will need to get that updated information for us in either a 100gram report or their updated Nutrition Facts – before we can complete your label.

If you would like to change to the new label as quickly as possible, then we suggest you start to gather this information now. You may need to call your suppliers to find out when they will be updating their products with these new nutrients.

What are the changes to the nutrition facts label?

There is a lot of information for us to share with you regarding these changes; however, for now, this helpful infographic may give you a general understanding of the differences. Click here to see the infographic. 

 

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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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FDA’s Final Ruling on New Nutrition Label Close at Hand

Written by Beth Vessels 11 May 2016
The FDA has completed their revisions of the proposed new Nutrition Facts Panel and revised recommended serving sizes and have passed them on to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) for their review. This is the last step before the final ruling is announced.

Although, no exact date has been announced by the FDA, our sources tell us that this should happen by the end of this month. The final ruling is expected to come out by the end of May.
What does this mean for your food business and what should you be doing at this point?

1.) First thing to do...don’t panic! You will have plenty of time to swap out to the new label. In the FDA’s proposal, food manufacturers will have two years to comply. You would be expected to make the change when going to reprint on labels and packaging – within that two year period. In addition, the FDA has also proposed giving the industry six months to prepare for the change prior to the start of the two-year compliance window.

2.) Understand the proposed changes and the potential impact on your current packaging and marketing efforts. If all of the proposals go through, then this will be a very significant change to the layout and size of foot print, as well as new additional nutrients that will need to be tracked. It is important to begin to understand the scope of these changes and how it will affect your current marketing of your food product. We have put together a helpful infographic that provides an overview of the proposed changes.  Click here for the infographic

3.) Gather your team and begin the discussions. If you haven’t had meetings already within your company about the upcoming nutrition label change, then now is a great time to start. Everybody on your team should become familiar with the proposed changes. Purchasing should forecast label and packaging inventory to plan when to change out; marketing should understand how the foot print size and other changes will affect the entire label /package layout; and R&D needs to understand the new nutrients added and if there will be any impact on Nutrition or Health Claims.

We, here at RL Food Testing, are excited that the final ruling is almost in and we are ready to help your food business navigate through these changes. Whether you are a long-time customer or new to our family business, we will be able to update your nutrition facts when all is finalized.

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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
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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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