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FDA Proposes to Require %DV for Added Sugars on Food Labels

On July 24, 2015, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a supplemental proposed rule that would require the percent daily value (%DV) for added sugars to be added to the Nutrition Facts label. The rule supplements two changes to the Nutrition Facts label proposed by FDA in March 2014, one of which proposed to include the amount of added sugars on the Nutrition Facts label, but not the %DV.  According to FDA, “the percent daily value would be based on the recommendation that the daily intake of calories from added sugars not exceed 10 percent of total calories.”

FDA’s supplemental proposed rule would also change the current footnote on the Nutrition Facts label to help consumers better understand the meaning of %DV.  The proposed statement reads: “The percent daily value (%DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.”

FDA plans to finalize its rules regarding Nutrition Facts label regulations by March 2016.

FDA’s food labeling regulations are extensive and can be difficult to navigate.  Registrar Corp’s Label and Ingredient Review Specialists are well-versed on FDA’s requirements and can review food and beverage labels for FDA compliance.  Clients receive a detailed report with all FDA regulations applicable to their specific product and a print-ready graphic file that incorporates Registrar Corp’s suggested changes.

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