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FDA Proposes Revisions to Nutrition Facts Panel, Serving Sizes.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

(American Meat Institute)

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) last week announced two proposed food labeling rules that will add new information to nutrition facts panels and adjust serving sizes to reflect what is reasonably consumed at a sitting. 


Proposed changes to the nutrition facts panel include:  removing the declaration of "calories from fat;" requiring the declaration of "added sugars;" updating the list of vitamins and minerals of public health significance; requiring the declaration of vitamin D and potassium;  permitting, rather than requiring, declaration of vitamins A and C; updating the reference value for the declaration of percent Daily Value (DV)for sodium from 2,400 mg to 2,300 mg; and increasing the prominence of the numeric value of calories, "servings per container," and number of servings per container.


Other proposed changes include moving the %DV to the left side of the label; removing the requirement for the footnote table listing reference values for certain nutrients in a 2,000 and 2,500 calorie diets; and requiring record maintenance to support the declarations of certain nutrients under specified conditions (products that contain no-digestible carbohydrates that do not meet the definition of dietary fiber, more than one source of sugar, added sugars that undergo fermentation, various forms of vitamin E, or folate and folic acid). FDA is proposing an effective date 60 days from publication of the final rule with a compliance date two years after the effective date. 


The second rule on serving sizes proposes to amend the reference amount customarily consumer used to determine serving size; amend some of the required procedures used to determine serving sizes, amend the definition of single serve container; and require that certain containers of food bear an additional column of nutrition information to aid consumer understanding of the nutritional significance of consuming an entire container.


The proposals will publish in the Federal Register on March 3 with a 90-day comment period. 


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