FDA Nutrition Facts Label Webinar Series
The final rules have implemented a number of significant changes to the Nutrition Facts labels. ESHA will be hosting a three-part series focusing on the different aspects of the label changes and how we have incorporated these changes in Genesis R&D.
- July 28, 2016: Overview of What’s Changed in Genesis R&D
- August 16, 2016: FDA Label Nutrients, What’s Changed?
- September 13, 2016: Best Practices for Transitioning to the New Label
Genesis R&D Version 11.1 Now Available
We’re pleased to announce that a new version of Genesis R&D Food Labeling software (Version 11.1) is now available! In response to the FDA’s regulatory changes to the nutrition facts panels, ESHA Research has incorporated the new label formats and revised Daily Values in Genesis R&D.
New FDA Nutrition Facts Labels!
The most prominent change to the program is the introduction of the updated Nutrition and Supplement Facts regulations and format changes. Additionally, we’ve worked a lot behind the scenes to make sure our database is growing and the program runs smoothly.
Note: Both the preexisting and new label formats will be available in Genesis as we transition through the effective and compliance timeline period. The format options will include the appropriate regulations for both. Be mindful with your labeling and remember, our Support team is on hand to help you out.
New Fiber Field
With the new dietary fiber definition, we have added 6 more nutrient fields. As a result, there are now 9 total Fiber-related nutrients.
In anticipation of the regulations, we populated the ESHA database with available added sugar data in the last program update. Click here to view all the program and database updates.
Blog: Dietary Fiber on the Nutrition Facts Label
The final rule incorporates two major changes to the dietary fiber declaration—a definition of “dietary fiber,” a term that FDA had not previously defined, and an increase in the DRV from 25 grams to 28 grams. With the new dietary fiber definition, we have added 6 more nutrient fields. As a result, there are now 9 total Fiber-related nutrients.
Blog: New FDA Nutrition Facts Label Font Style and Size
The new FDA Nutrition Facts labels place more visual emphasis on calories. All headings and nutrients that are not indented are required to be highlighted in bold or extra bold type. This includes Nutrition Facts, Serving Size, Amount per serving, % Daily Value, Calories, Total Fat, Cholesterol, Sodium, Total Carbohydrate, and Protein.
Q:I have entered Dietary Fiber values for the ingredients used in my formula but when the new Nutrition Facts label is generated, Dietary Fiber isn’t showing up.
A: There are now 9 total fiber related nutrient fields in Genesis 11.1. These include the 3 previous fiber fields from the 1990 regulations and 6 new 2016 fiber fields. The reason for this distinction is summarized in the following blog: Dietary Fiber on the Nutrition Facts Label.
If you see dashes on your 2016 Nutrition Facts panels, you need to populate the Dietary Fiber 2016 field for all of the ingredients used in your Recipe.
We have populated as many ESHA database items as possible with Dietary Fiber 2016 values. You will need to add Dietary Fiber 2016 data to all ingredients that you have added in order to see the correct totals displayed on the 2016 nutrition labels. As a best practice, you should review all of your Recipes for fiber data using the Spreadsheet report.
- Open the Recipe.
- View Spreadsheet report.
- You will want to view the report with 2016 nutrient fields displayed.
- To select the proper nutrient set, go to Nutrients to View.
- From the list of available nutrient sets, choose “label_2016_mandatory” (Check the name on that). This includes the nutrient fields required for the 2016 label.
- On the Spreadsheet report, 0 means zero; dashes mean that data was not reported for particular nutrients.
- For fields that show dashes, you want to display the nutrients of the ingredients with values. Open each ingredient needing values and fill in the missing data.
Also Note: The new labeling regulations require maintenance records to be kept for at least 2 years to support the amounts of Dietary Fiber (as well as Added Sugars, Vitamin E, and Folate/Folic Acid) added to the label because there are not analytical methods that can distinguish the required nutrient definition.