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Meat Institute Submits Comments Regarding Compliance Dates for Nutrition Facts Label Final Rules

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

(North American Meat Institute)

The Meat Institute submitted comments in response to the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) proposed extension to the compliance dates for the Nutrition Facts and Supplement Facts label final rule and the Serving Size final rule . If finalized, the compliance date for manufacturers with $10 million or more in annual sales would be extended from July 26, 2018, to January 1, 2020. Manufacturers with less than $10 million in annual sales would be required to comply with the final rules by January 1, 2021.

The Meat Institute's comments support extending the compliance date for both rules and encourage the adoption of a uniform label compliance date across agencies that regulate food labels. The Meat Institute contends a uniform compliance date would reduce costs borne by manufacturers, and would provide consistent labeling information to consumers.

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, among other changes.

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