F.D.A. updates Nutrition Facts panel

by Keith Nunes
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In addition to the inclusion of added sugars, the F.D.A. also changed its rules regarding serving sizes.

WASHINGTON – Added sugars, vitamin D and potassium are in the Food and Drug Administration’s new Nutrition Facts Panel and calories from fat are out, according to final rules published by the agency May 20.

The new rules will require the declaration of a gram amount of “added sugars” in a serving of a product, establish a Daily Reference Value and require a per cent daily value declaration for added sugars. The new rules also will change “sugars” to “total sugars” and require the statement “includes ‘X’ g added sugars” be indented and declared directly below total sugars on the label.

The list of vitamins and minerals required also has been updated to require the declaration of vitamin D and potassium and permits, rather than requires, the declaration of vitamins A and C.

Old versus new Nutrition Facts panels

Additional changes include:

•          Updating certain reference values used in the declaration of percent D.V.s of nutrients on the Nutrition Facts and Supplement Facts labels;

•          Revising the format of the Nutrition Facts and Supplement Facts labels to increase the prominence of the term “Calories;”

•          Removing the requirement for the footnote table listing the reference values for certain nutrients for 2,000- and 2,500-calorie diets.

The final rule will be effective July 26. Food and beverage manufacturers with sales greater than $10 million will be required to be in compliance by July 26, 2018. Companies with sales below $10 million will have until July 26, 2019, to comply with the new rules.

The F.D.A. has updated serving sizes to be more realistic for today's consumer.

The agency has also amended the reference amounts customarily consumed (RACCs) that are used to determine serving sizes. To address containers that may be consumed in a single-eating occasion, the F.D.A. will require that all containers, including containers of products with “large” RACCs (i.e., products with RACCs of at least 100 grams or 100 milliliters), containing less than 200% of the RACC be labeled as a single-serving container.

To address containers and units that may be consumed in one or more sittings, or shared, the F.D.A. said containers and units that contain at least 200% and up to and including 300% of the RACC be labeled with a column of nutrition information within the Nutrition Facts label that lists the quantitative amounts and per cent daily values for the entire container, in addition to the required column listing the quantitative amounts and per cent D.V.s for a serving that is less than the entire container (i.e., the serving size derived from the RACC).

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READER COMMENTS (3)

By Gaurav Patel 5/23/2016 8:39:37 AM
New Labeling for pouches will help.

By jeannine 5/20/2016 12:19:08 PM
I think it's great FDA is making manufacturers post realistic serving sizes. If you buy a vitamin water - your intentions are to drink the entire bottle -the manufacturer states there are 2.5 servings per bottle (which is unrealistic, we all know one person is going to drink the entire bottle) they state 2.5 because it makes the sugar/calorie content appear to be lower. It's about time the manufacturers stop misleading the consumer!

By Isabelle 5/20/2016 11:34:16 AM
I can’t believe the FDA has changed serving size. My Goodness this is so wrong!! Now people will think just it is ok to eat a pint of ice cream because it one serving!!!!!!! OMG!!!! The FDA should be helping with portion control & portion reduction. Instead they are telling us: "you can eat more but please know that there is added sugar in this food” …. Doh Unbelievable.