New Industry Resources for FDA’s New Nutrition Facts Regulations
August 4, 2016
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published a Nutrition Facts label “Industry Resources” web page to help businesses comply with the requirements of the final rules, which became effective on July 26, 2016.
The Industry Resources web page provides helpful information including:
- Frequently Asked Questions specifically focused on the industry’s common questions and concerns
- Annotated graphic illustrations of new label specifications for the most commonly used label formats
- High-resolution examples of label formats
- Tables from the final rules showing daily values for vitamins, minerals, and food components, as well as reference amounts customarily consumed per eating occasion (RACCs)
- Links to final rules and reference materials
The FDA amended its labeling regulations for conventional foods and dietary supplements to provide updated nutrition information on the label to assist consumers in maintaining healthy dietary practices. The final rule updates the list of nutrients that are required or permitted to be declared; provides updated Daily Reference Values and Reference Daily Intake values that are based on current dietary recommendations from consensus reports; amends requirements for foods represented or purported to be specifically for children under the age of 4 years and pregnant and lactating women; and establishes nutrient reference values specifically for these population subgroups; and revises the format and appearance of the Nutrition Facts label.
The final rule became effective on July 26, 2016 with a compliance date of July 26, 2018 for manufacturers with $10 million or more in annual food sales and July 26, 2019 for manufacturers with less than $10 million in annual food sales.
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