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FDA Delays Rule Requiring New Nutrition Facts Panel on Food

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

(North American Meat Institute)

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it intends to extend the compliance dates for the Nutrition Facts and Supplement Facts Label and Serving Size final rules. Manufacturers with $10 million or more in annual food sales must comply with the changes by July 26, 2018, while manufacturers with less than $10 million in annual food sales are expected to comply with the new rules by July 26, 2019. FDA will revise those dates and provide additional details regarding the extension in a Federal Register notice at a later time.

The rules amend the labeling regulations for conventional food and dietary supplements, and 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.

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