In 2016, the FDA announced changes to nutrition fact labels that were initially set to take effect by July 2018. Now, however, the FDA has delayed the compliance date to give food manufacturers more time implement the changes. While the new date is yet to be determined, here’s what food manufacturers need to know in the mean time:
Nutrition Fact Label Changes
The new nutrition labels will several changes, including the following:
- Serving Sizes: This change is to reflect the amount of food and beverages people are actually consuming and likely means serving size numbers will increase. Additionally, food and beverage containers that contain one to two servings will be deemed “single serving” containers, since people typically consume the entire item in one sitting anyhow.
- Required Vitamins: New labels will require different types of vitamins to be noted than on current labels. This change is to reflect the shift in vitamins that people are currently deficient in, such as vitamin D and potassium.
- Citing “Added Sugars”: Given that consumers intake more than the recommended amount of added sugars, the new labels will require manufacturers to clearly note the amount of added sugar in their product. The FDA is hoping this will help consumers make more informed choices.
- Changing “Dietary Fibers”: The FDA has changed the definition of dietary fibers, which has reduced a list of 33 to 7 approved, actual dietary fibers at this time.
Tips to Address These Changes
As cited in Packaging Strategies, food manufacturers can follow these tips to help address the changes:
- Don’t wait on creating a rollout plan: While the new compliance date has yet to be announced, it is unlikely that the requirements will change. Making a plan for complying with the new changes is a smart start.
- Determine if products need to be reformulated: Certain products may need to be reformulated in order to still claim to be “low fat”, for example. Additionally, companies may want to reduce the amount of added sugars in order to stay appealing to consumers.
- Ensure proper package sizes: With serving size notation set to change, companies can use this time to consider updating their packaging to still appeal to consumers.
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