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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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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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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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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
FDA Proposed Changes to Nutrition LabelWhether 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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