FDA proposes radical changes to Nutrition Facts label to aid consumers. Proposal currently under consultation, so no changes are required yet.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is proposing to update the Nutrition Facts label for packaged foods to reflect new public health and scientific information. The proposed label would also update out-of-date serving size requirements to better align with how much people really eat and would now highlight key parts of the label such as calories and serving sizes.
Changes to the label being proposed may include:
The proposed changes would affect all packaged foods except certain meat, poultry and processed egg products, which are regulated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service.
The proposed nutrition facts label changes have been divided up by the FDA into two proposed rules. The first rule would update the nutrition information based on the nutrition science and the other rule would propose the changes to the label formatting on how important information should be highlighted on the label
The FDA also is proposing corresponding updates to the supplement facts label on dietary supplements, including proposed changes to the Daily Values and the units of measure.
Currently, the proposed changes to the nutrition facts label are available for public comment for 90 days and are open to both public and industry for comment. Once the proposed changes have been finalized, it is proposed that manufacturers will have two years after the effective date to comply with the final requirements for their nutrition facts label.
At present there is no need to be worried about updating labels, however, compliant food labels are still an area of concern for the FDA and nutrition facts labels should be verified. FDA has issued several warning letters for those products who’s content are not accurately presented on a nutrition facts label and the same applies to dietary supplement supplements facts.
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