On December 9, 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that the uniform compliance date for food labeling regulations issued in 2015 and 2016 will be January 1, 2018. Changing the labels for an entire inventory of food products can take substantial time and money. FDA’s labeling regulations are constantly evolving, so FDA coordinates the compliance dates for multiple changes to give the food industry adequate time to use its existing labels and develop new labels. This way, the economic impact is less that it would be if the food industry was required to adapt its labeling to every individual change in regulations.
One labeling regulation to watch for in 2015 or 2016 is the Nutrition Facts Chart. FDA proposed changes to the chart in February 2014. If the proposed rules are finalized in the upcoming years, the food industry will need to change the chart on their labels by the uniform compliance date.
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