July 6, 2016

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Finalizes New Food Label

The FDA recently finalized the new Nutrition Facts label that most food manufacturers must begin using by July 26, 2018 (manufacturers with less than $10 million in annual food sales will have an additional year to comply).  Some major changes to the food label include:
  1. Calories will be printed in larger text, and Calories from Fat will be removed.
  2. Serving sizes have been updated to represent what Americans actually eat, not what we should be eating (e.g., a serving of ice cream will be 2/3 cup rather than 1/2 cup, and a serving of soda will be 12 ounces instead of 8 ounces).
  3. Serving sizes will be bolded and printed in larger text.
  4. Daily Values have been updated along with the footnote explaining what Daily Values are.
  5. A new line has been included for "added sugars."
  6. Manufacturers must state the actual amount of vitamin D, calcium, iron, and potassium in addition to their percent of Daily Value.
  7. Packages that contain one to two servings but are typically consumed in one sitting (e.g., a 20-ounce soda or 15-ounce can of soup) must be labeled as one serving.