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FDA Revises Nutrition Facts Panel and Serving Sizes; May Set Precedent for FSIS

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

(North American Meat Institute)

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced two final rules: Revision of the Nutrition and Supplement Facts Labels and Serving Sizes of Foods that can Reasonably be Consumed at one Eating Occasion; Dual-Column Labeling; Updating, Modifying, and Establishing Certain Reference Amounts Customarily Consumed; Serving Size for Breath Mints; and Technical Amendments . Although these changes apply to FDA-regulated products, the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is likely to publish similar proposed rules for consistency between the regulatory agencies.

The rules amend the labeling regulations for conventional food and dietary supplements, and are intended to provide updated nutritional information to consumers. They redefine a single-serving container, update certain reference amounts customarily consumed (RACC), require dual-column labeling for certain containers and modify serving size regulations.

Changes to the Nutrition Facts Panel include removing the declaration of "Calories from fat," requiring the declaration of the gram amount of "added sugars" in a serving of a product, establishing a Daily Reference Value (DRV) and requiring a percent Daily Value (DV) declaration for added sugars.

The rules are effective July 26, 2016, with compliance dates 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.

For a more detailed summary of the changes in the rules, please click here.

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