July 24, 2015 – FDA provides supplemental proposal for changes to the Nutrition Facts panel to require % DV for sugars.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is proposing additional revisions to the Nutrition Facts panel for packaged foods. Th supplemental proposal would, among other things, require declaration of the percent daily value (%DV) for added sugars, and change the footnote on the current Nutrition Facts panel.
FDA is proposing including the percent daily value (%DV) for added sugars. This should help consumers make informed food choices. The percent daily value would be based on the recommendation that the daily intake of calories from added sugars not exceed 10 percent of total calories.
FDA is also proposing to change the current footnote to help consumers understand the percent daily value concept. The proposed statement on the Nutrition Facts panel would be shorter than the current footnote to allow for more space on the label, stating: *The percent daily value (%DV) 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.
The FDA’s initial proposal to include the amount of added sugars on the Nutrition Facts panel is now further supported by newly reviewed studies suggesting healthy dietary patterns, including lower amounts of sugar-sweetened foods and beverages, are strongly associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease.
The initial proposed rule was published March 3, 2014. In brief, the earlier proposed changes to the Nutrition Facts panel were:
2. Updated Serving Size Requirements and New Paneling Requirements for Certain Package Sizes
3. Refreshed Design
The FDA is seeking public comment on the new proposal for 75 days. The agency continues to review comments received on the 2014 proposed rule for the Nutrition Facts panel changes and is reopening the comment period on its March 2014 proposal for 60 days to invite public comment on two consumer studies related to panel formats. The agency will consider comments on the original and this supplemental proposed rule before issuing a final rule.
The FDA is accepting public comments starting July 27, 2015.
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