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Volume 16, Number 6 - June 2016

Good news from Food Label News! FDA released the much-anticipated final Nutrition Labeling regulations last week. It's a busy time for the industry as we digest the changes and understand their implications. In this issue we highlight important distinctions of the new rules. Look to subsequent issues of Food Label News for a deeper dive into the nuances and how they will affect your product labeling. The most cost-effective way to comply is on everyone's minds. As always, send us your questions and share your thoughts in the Food Label Community on LinkedIn.

In this issue you'll find:


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New Nutrition Label Regulations:
Part 1 of the Series

What's News in the Food Label Community

Reader Q&A: Restaurant Menu Labeling Postponed?


Karen C. Duester, President

New Nutrition Label Regulations:
Part 1 of the Series

Flashback to 1993 when Jurassic Park topped the box office, "Got Milk?" was the nation's favorite quote and Beanie Babies were born. For the food industry, it was also the year FDA published its first U.S. mandatory nutrition labeling requirements, which except for the addition of trans fat, have remained essentially unchanged until now.

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FDA Product & Ingredient Naming: A quick reference


The new nutrition label regulations published May 27, 2016, will have a sweeping impact on every single food manufacturer, retailer and distributor in the U.S. as well as those who import food into the country. Every package of food sold in the U.S. regardless of channel or distribution will require a new Nutrition Facts label.

A quick overview of the changes:

Revised format highlights Calories and Servings

Focus on serving sizes that better reflect what people most commonly consume

New requirement to include Added Sugars with Percent Daily Value (%DV) to better inform consumers about foods' sugar content

Nutrition Facts Per Package and/or Per Serving to help people understand how many calories and other nutrients they will consume for the entire package versus a single serving

Updated Daily Values for several nutrients like fat, carbohydrate, sodium and dietary fiber

Actual gram amount for calcium, iron, vitamin D and potassium in addition to %DV

Vitamins A and C are no longer required but can be included as voluntary nutrients

Calories from Fat is no longer allowed on the Nutrition Facts label

Revised footnote better explains the %DV for consumers

When do you have to comply? The new format can be implemented as early as July 26, 2016 60 days from the date new regulations were published in the Federal Register. Labels must be 100% compliant no later than July 26, 2018 (July 26, 2019 for manufacturers with less than $10 million in annual food sales). Access new nutrition label regulations and revised format here.

New nutrition label regulations will have widespread impact across the industry and will require food labelers to evaluate their formulas and packaging to plan for compliance. The addition of added sugars, vitamin D and potassium along with revised Daily Values for fat, carbohydrate, sodium, dietary fiber and several other nutrients calls for a completely new nutrition analysis for every product even if the formula and serving size remain the same. Format changes are also required to meet the new nutrition label specifications.

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What's News in the Food Label Community

FDA finalizes Nutrition Facts label regulations (23+ comments)

FDA issues Final Guidance on Evaporated Cane Juice and Medical Foods

Redefining "healthy" (9+ comments)

Natural type flavors (11+ comments)

Honeycomb candy with no honey (18+ comments)

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Reader Q&A

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


I heard that FDA has postponed the requirement date for restaurant menu labeling. Is this true?
E.S., Florida, Restaurateur 


Yes, it was postponed and the revised compliance date for restaurant menu labeling is May 5, 2017. As part of the Affordable Care Act in 2014, FDA finalized rules that require restaurants and similar food establishments to provide nutrition information to consumers. The original compliance date was December 1, 2015. However, the omnibus appropriations bill passed through the House and Senate in December 2015 required FDA to issue final guidance on menu labeling before setting a compliance date. The final guidance was published in the Federal Register on May 5, 2016, resulting in a compliance date of May 5, 2017 - one year from the date of publication. More Reader Q&As.

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