FDA Announces Sweeping Changes for Nutrition Facts and Serving Sizes on Food Labels
On May 20, 2016, the Food and Drug Administration released its much-anticipated nutrition labeling revisions, which are viewed as one of the key regulatory legacies of President Obama’s administration and represent the most significant changes to the nutrition labeling requirements since they were first finalized more than 20 years ago. FDA issued two final rules to revise the nutrition labeling requirements and update regulations on serving sizes that will require substantial changes to all food labels. Recognizing a shift in the average American’s consumption habits and the need to update nutrition information, FDA finalized changes to the content and format of the Nutrition Facts label as well as to the reference amounts that determine the serving sizes of conventional foods.
The FDA has proposed a delay on the compliance dates for updates to the Nutrition Facts labels in response to requests from companies and trade associations, such as IDFA, for more time to implement the extensive changes required by the rule. If this extension is finalized, the delay would push the compliance date for manufacturers with more than $10 million in annual food sales to Jan. 1, 2020. Manufacturers with less than $10 million in annual food sales would have until Jan. 1, 2021, to comply.
FDA will separately assess whether changes to other labeling regulations, such as the regulations for nutrient content claims, are needed and will address these issues, as appropriate and as time and resources permit, in future rulemakings.
Updated 10-30-2017: Previously, the compliance date for manufacturers with more than $10 million in annual food sales was July 26, 2018. For manufacturers with less than $10 million in annual food sales, the compliance date was July 26, 2019.
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