Food manufacturers have until July 26, 2018 to comply with the new FDA nutrition facts labeling requirements. Manufacturers with less than 10 million in sales will have until 2019. As partners to the Industry, we as package printers and suppliers need to be ready! According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration “The Nutrition Facts Label, introduced 20 years ago, helps consumers make informed food choices and maintain healthy dietary practices.” Packagers have adopted the rules, and consumers have become more educated. The new guidelines provide consumers with more detailed information regarding daily requirements and serving sizes. You can read the detailed label requirements at www.fda.gov/Food/GuidanceRegulation. These are some highlights of the proposed changes.
- Require package labels to include information about added sugars. Specifically the % of the daily intake for added sugars.
- Labels need to include the Percent Daily Values for sodium, fiber and Vitamin D.
- Remove “Calories from Fat” while adding the “Type of Fat” on the packaging.
- Update the Serving Size requirements. Label information needs to include the actual serving size consumed, NOT what consumers “should” eat. For example, a 20ounce bottle of soda, typically consumed in a single sitting, would be a single serving rather than more than one serving.
- For large packages, dual column labels will provide “per serving” AND “per package” nutrient information.
- Label and packaging designs will need to emphasize the important
- nutrient information – Percent Daily Value should be first and prominent.
Overall, the new packaging requirements are meant to inform and educate consumers.
Ultimately, the goal is to address public health concerns such as obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. For our industry, it means another change to our labeling!