On May 20, 2016, the FDA announced the new Nutrition Facts label for packaged foods to reflect new scientific information, including the link between diet and chronic diseases such as obesity and heart disease. The new label is meant to make it easier for consumers to make better-educated food choices.

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a final compliance date for updating Nutrition Facts and Supplement Facts labels.  This date is January 1, 2020, for manufacturers with $10 million or more in annual food sales.  Manufacturers with less than $10 million in annual food sales will receive an extra year to comply – until January 1, 2021.

Key Changes to FDA Labels:

Serving Size– Serving size now shows what people are currently eating, rather than what they should eat

Calories– total calorie count is now highlighted and larger to make more noticeable

Multi-Serving Products-for food products that can be eaten in single or many sittings, there will be a second column to state per serving and per package

 Added Sugars– measured in both grams and a percentage, this change enables consumers to tell the difference between sugars added during processing versus sugars that are naturally occurring

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Odd Size Packages– packages that area between one and two servings will now be labeled as one serving

 Sodium and Dietary Fiber-percent daily values for sodium and dietary fiber have been changed to reflect the new guidelines, 28g of fiber instead of 25 and 2300mg of sodium instead of 2400mg

Vitamins– vitamin D and potassium are now required nutrients to label, vitamin A and C are no longer required

Daily Values-still based on a 2000 calorie diet, the statement is more streamlined

Many food and beverage makers — including Hershey, Campbell, and Mondelez — anticipated the changes and are using the new Nutritional Facts labels on their products. Food and beverage companies that want to get ahead of these latest regulations will likely start implementing s possible since the cost will only go up the longer it takes.

Don’t delay, start planning now to be compliant, Integrity Labeling is here to help.  Contact Rhonda Reitz at rreitz@integritylabeling.com

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Guest Blogger Rhonda Reitz

Rhonda Reitz, Food Scientist, Owner of Integrity Labeling has been a food scientist for more than twenty-five years. Rhonda has extensive experience in the food industry, product development, and food product label requirements Rhonda’s profession has given her the opportunity to work various sized food manufactures, including the JM Smucker Company and Hickory Farms. She has worked with top food manufacturers and industry groups developing products and successfully launching them to the market. She has also worked with various vendor in private label type projects. Integrity Labeling was born out of Rhonda’s passion for helping smaller food manufacturers compete today with the much larger food giants, by providing personalized, affordable nutritional analysis and food label guidance for start-ups, established food manufacturers, distributors, restaurateurs, and brokers. It is her goal to make your job of complying with FDA labeling requirements easy and understandable. Professional Affiliation: Institute of Food Technologists.

Areas of Expertise: FDA Compliant Food Labeling (Nutrition Analysis, Nutrient Content Claims, Allergen Disclosure), Scale Up from Benchtop to Production, Product Formulations Development Tracks: All Tracks