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FDA Releases Two Proposed Rules for Food Labeling

On March 3, 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released two proposed rules that would update the Nutrition Facts label applied to most food and beverages sold in the United States.

Label Formatting

One rule focuses on the content and format of the Nutrition Facts label.  FDA proposed to…

  • Include information about “added sugars” on labels
  • Update the daily values of sodium, dietary fiber, and Vitamin D
  • Include the amount of potassium and Vitamin D on labels.  The inclusion of Vitamins A and C would be voluntarily.
  • Remove “Calories from Fat” from the label

FDA also proposed to change the format of the Nutrition Facts label.  FDA proposed to make the calorie and serving sizes more prominent, to move the Percent Daily Value to the left side of the label, and to more clearly explain the meaning of the Percent Daily Value in the footnote.

Serving Sizes

The second rule focuses on the serving sizes stated on Nutrition Facts labels.  FDA proposed to update serving sizes to realistically reflect the amount that U.S. consumers typically eat and drink at one time.  For example, one pint of ice cream is currently split into four servings.  FDA is proposing that a pint of ice cream be split into only two servings.  Along with this, both a 12 ounce and a 20 ounce bottle of Coca-Cola would be considered as one serving.

FDA also proposed that certain larger packages that may or may not be consumed in one sitting display “dual column” labels.  One column would indicate calories and nutrient information “per serving” and one would display the information “per package.”

Registrar Corp is an FDA compliance firm that helps food and beverage companies comply with U.S. FDA regulations.  Registrar Corp Regulatory Specialists can review and modify product labels for FDA compliance.  If you have questions about FDA’s current or upcoming food labeling requirements, or would like to have a product label reviewed, contact Registrar Corp at +1-757-224-0177 or through the 24/7 Live Help service: http://www.registrarcorp.com/livehelp.

*Update: March 2016 has been listed in FDA’s Fall 2014 Agency Rule List as the anticipated publication date for the new food labeling rules.