On May 20, 2016, the FDA finalized the new Nutrition Facts and Supplement Facts label for packaged foods and supplements to reflect new scientific information. To assist with compliance, ESHA published an eBook, Cutting Through Labeling Confusion, and has put together a three-part webinar series focusing on the different aspects of the label changes and how we have incorporated these changes into Genesis R&D.
To view the webinar series, click here.
Timeline for Compliance
- On May 27, 2016, the FDA will publish the final rules to the Federal Register.
- On July 26th, 2016, the industry can begin selling products with the new labels in stores. The original compliance date for the updated Nutrition Facts labels was July 26, 2018, for companies with more than 10 million dollars in annual food sales OR July 26, 2019, for companies with less than 10 million dollars in annual food sales.
- On June 13, 2017, the FDA announced a compliance date extension. At this time, the FDA has not commented on when the new enforcement dates will be nor have they published an official notice on the Federal Register.
ESHA has released an updated version of the Genesis R&D Food Labeling software. The update includes all of the revised label formats and formulations. Additionally, the ESHA Database has been populated to include Added Sugar data and new Dietary Fiber fields.
Calories are shown in a larger, bolder type and the Serving Size statement is now more prominent for Nutrition Facts labels.
Daily Values for nutrients like Sodium, Dietary Fiber, and Vitamin D have been revised.
Calories from Fat have been removed. Vitamins A and C are now voluntary nutrients.
Vitamin D, Potassium, and Added Sugar information are now mandatory label nutrients.
The RACC has been updated to reflect actual consumption. For certain products that are larger than a single serving but that could be consumed in one sitting or multiple sittings (e.g. a bag of chips, can of soup, pint of ice cream), a “dual column” label will need to be provided for per serving and servings per package.