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Volume 14, Number 11 - November 2014

Hello from Food Label News. The news this Fall is all about preparing for the upcoming changes to food labels. We help you get ready for your re-labeling initiatives with a focus on servings per container this month. There are several important differences between the current regulations and the proposed rule so read on! Questions? Comments? We welcome your dialogue in the Food Label Community. It's the virtual water cooler to catch up and exchange ideas.

This time of year we especially give thanks for our valued clients and the ability to do the work we love.

In this issue you'll find:


"Thank you so much for your work, it really helped ease my mind."

Paul Fishman
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Label Changes are Coming: Be Prepared with
Part 3 of 4-part Series

What's News in the Food Label Community

Reader Q&A: And/or Ingredient Labeling


Karen C. Duester, President

Label Changes are Coming: Be Prepared with Part 3 of 4-part Series

The FDA proposed changes to nutrition labeling would affect virtually every product label in the U.S. FDA's evaluation period is underway and food labelers are readying their products for major re-labeling initiatives.

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Nutrition Facts & DVs: Current vs. Proposed Rules


In this issue, we highlight one of the important differences between the current regulations and the proposed rule: changes to U.S. nutrition labeling for servings per container. Here is a summary of key points:

Packages that are 150% or less of the Reference Amount Customarily Consumed (RACC) will continue to be labeled as a single-serve container.

Packages that are 150% to 200% of RACC will continue to be labeled as a single-serve container when the RACC is less than 100g/100mL.

Currently, packages that are 150% to 200% of RACC where the RACC is 100g/100mL or more may be labeled as either 1 or 2 servings. Under the proposed rule, these packages will need to be labeled as a single-serve container.

Under the proposed rule, most packages that are 200% to 400% of RACC will need to be labeled in a dual column format showing both per serving and per container values. Some exemptions apply, for example: 1) small packages that use a tabular or linear layout, 2) products that require further preparation and voluntarily include "as purchased" and "as prepared" values, 3) bulk products used primarily as ingredients such as flour, sweeteners or oils, 4) multi-purpose bulk products such as eggs, butter or margarine, 5) multi-purpose baking mixes.

Packages that are more than 400% of RACC will continue to be labeled as a multiple serving container.

See a quick comparison of current regulations vs. the proposed rule for U.S. nutrition labeling of single-serve containers based on package size.

Those responsible for nutrition labeling will want to fully understand how the proposed regulations will affect both the Nutrition Facts panel and the claims made for the their products. Thorough pre-planning for the new regulations will help you assess the impact on your product labels. Ask about our proposed rule label audits.

What's News in the Food Label Community

FDA Compliance and Nutrition Facts Rounding Rules (16+ comments)

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Fermentation affects Nutrition Facts information? (8+ comments)

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Is listing brown sugar as "sugar" acceptable? (34+ comments)

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Reader Q&A

Find answers to our readers' questions or send us your question for an upcoming issue.


Are manufacturers allowed to use the term "and/or" twice or more in the ingredient statement but use only one of those ingredients or a combination of any of those ingredients separated by the term "and/or"? For example, if a manufacturer lists "Calcium Caseinate and/or Milk Protein Concentrate and/or Milk Protein Isolate" in the ingredient statement of a protein shake, can they use only one of the three ingredients or any combination of ingredients to make this product?  
J.C., California, Manufacturer 


FDA does not give permission to use "and/or" ingredient labeling for calcium caseinate, milk protein concentrate, or milk protein isolate. If all three are listed in the ingredient statement, all three must be present in the product. Read more.

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