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FDA Proposes to Extend Compliance Dates for Nutrition Facts Label Final Rules; Meat Institute Seeks Feedback

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

(North American Meat Institute)

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is proposing to extend the compliance dates for the Nutrition Facts and Supplement Facts label final rule and the Serving Size final rule from July 26, 2018, to January 1, 2020, for manufacturers with $10 million or more in annual food sales. Manufacturers with less than $10 million in annual food sales would receive an extra year to comply.

The rules amend the labeling regulations for conventional food and dietary supplements, and provide updated nutritional information to consumers. They also 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.

FDA is accepting comments regarding the proposed extension of the compliance dates through November 1, 2017. The Meat Institute intends to submit comments. Members are encouraged to provide any insight to Susan Backus by COB Thursday, October 19.

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