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Dairy Facts 2016

More Than 800,000 Labels Will Need Changes, Frye Says

Jul 20, 2016

"The dairy industry must get ready now for the sweeping changes that will force all food companies to overhaul their Nutrition Facts label in the coming years,” Cary Frye, IDFA vice president of regulatory and scientific affairs, said this week in Dairy Foods magazine. Estimates show more than 800,000 labels across the food industry will need changes to comply with the new nutrition label regulations issued in May by the Food and Drug Administration.

To help dairy companies get ready for this massive label change, IDFA will offer a new webinar next month. The webinar, “Nutrition Label Reform Final Rule: Implications for the Dairy Industry Webinar Series,” will be held August 22 and 23, with two-hour sessions each day, 1:00-3:00 p.m. Eastern time.

Sessions in the two-day webinar will be led by Frye and Michelle Matto, principal at AM Food & Nutrition and nutrition and labeling consultant for IDFA.

The first day of the webinar will review changes to information used in the Nutrition Facts label, including nutrient reference values, declaration of nutrients and changes to the Daily Values. It will also review detailed information on how added sugars and dietary fiber will now be labeled and what records are needed for compliance.

The second day of the webinar will cover changes the FDA made to serving size reference amounts for ice cream, novelties, yogurt, smoothies and non-carbonated beverages, and will provide detailed information on new rules for single-serving containers. The webinar will also cover the various Nutrition Label formats available to use on different package sizes, as well as multi-pack foods that will need dual columns of nutrition information on the individual serving and whole package.

IDFA’s webinar format will provide mulitple opportunities to ask questions and learn the answers immediately on the phone call or via a chat box. Participants will also receive PDF versions of the webinar slides to print for future reference.

IDFA will repeat the webinar September 20 and 21, 2016.

View the full webinar agenda for more information. Members with questions may contact Frye at or Matto at

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