In the United States, the majority of food packages can accommodate the Standard Nutrition Facts Label, making it the most commonly used label format. However, with the new 2016 FDA Nutrition Facts Label Changes, you may need to use a Dual Column Label more frequently.
The Dual Column label (formerly known as the Dual Declaration label) is used for food that requires further preparation (such as dry cake mixes or dry pasta products), food that is commonly combined with other ingredients (such as cereal plus milk), to show %DV for 2 different RDI’s (such as a child and an adult), or to show nutrition information for two serving sizes.
With the new regulations, containers that have between 2 and 3 servings in them are now required to use the Dual Column label to show nutrition information for a single serving and per the whole container. (The FDA’s examples are a 24-ounce bottle of soda or a pint of ice cream.)
“If a unit weighs at least 200 percent and up to and including 300 percent of the applicable reference amount, the serving size shall be the amount that approximates the reference amount. In addition to providing a column within the Nutrition Facts label that lists the quantitative amounts and percent Daily Values per serving size, the manufacturer shall provide a column within the Nutrition Facts label that lists the quantitative amounts and percent Daily Values per individual unit. The first column would be based on the serving size for the product and the second column would be based on the individual unit.”
Dual Column Label Example: Pint of Ice Cream
Single Serving Container Rule
Take Note! A product that is packaged and sold individually and contains less than 2 servings (200% of the RACC) is now to be labeled as a single serving. Previously, for packages that contained less than 2 servings you could list “About 2 Servings” now, it must be listed as 1 serving per container.
Single Serving Label Example: Carbonated Beverages
For example, the RACC for Carbonated Beverages is 12 fl oz. Therefore, both a 12 oz and 20 oz bottle of soda should be labeled as 1 serving. (However, a 24 oz bottle would require a dual column label because it is 200% of the 12 fl oz. RACC.)
How to Create a Dual Column Label in Genesis R&D
With Genesis R&D Food Formulation & Labeling Software, users can easily create Dual Column nutrition facts labels. To create a Dual Column label, you must first have created the recipes you are going to use on the label. Then, do the following:
- Click New.
- Select Advanced Label.
- Enter the Name for your Label.
- Make sure “Nutrition Facts” is selected next to the Category node.
- Select Dual Column next to the Label node.
- At the bottom, under Recipe List, click Add. From the available recipes, select the Recipe to be placed as the first column.
- Click Add again, and select the Recipe to be placed as the second column.
- Double-click either item to edit the Alternate Heading.
- Click OK.