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Recent FDA Changes to the Nutrition Facts Label

September 02, 2016

Shoppers read nutrition facts labels for all different types of reasons, whether they’re reading the list of ingredients to scope out any potentially harmful additives, are looking for the calorie or fat content of an item, or would like to find out what a serving size is. People who have food allergies, follow a specific diet, or have an ongoing medical condition may pay especially close attention to nutrition labels.

As of May 20, 2016, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that prepackaged foods must include additional ingredient information on their FDA labels. The change is meant to help shoppers make informed food choices about consuming ingredients that could lead to chronic diseases such as heart disease and diabetes.

What These Changes Mean

According to an article that was published by FoodNavigator.com, consumers want easier-to-read product labels and food items with fewer product additives. The article discusses the findings of a study that was performed by Ulrick & Short, where 2,000 consumers were questioned about their thoughts on food labeling. 75 percent of the people surveyed said that they wanted to see simpler product labels. Over 70 percent said that they were becoming more and more aware of their eating habits than they used to be.

Consumers clearly want to see more readable information on their food labels, and these new changes to FDA labels should make a positive difference. For example, many consumers want to know the exact amount of sugar in a product, but they know that nutrition labels are often misleading in a way. Instead of leading customers to believe that a product contains little to no sugar, manufacturers are now required to include the total amount of sugars in addition to the total amount of added sugars in a prepackaged product.

More Changes to the Nutrition Label

In addition to the new requirement to list the added sugar content in a prepacked product, companies are also required to include Vitamin D and potassium on the nutrition label. Calcium and iron have previously been required and will continue to be required on all nutrition labels. Vitamins A and C are no longer mandatory but are optional.

The new nutrition label will also be easier-to-read. The total amount of calories and product serving size must be in a larger, bolded typeface. Learn about all of the recent changes to the nutrition facts label and compare the old and new labels here

Upgrade Your Product Labels

If your brand sells prepackaged food products, you still have some time to make these changes to your FDA labels. Manufacturers have until July 26, 2018, to comply with the final label requirements. Manufacturers that earn less than $10 million in annual food sales will receive an additional year to finalize the changes. The new requirements also apply to all imported foods.

If you’ll be updating your nutrition labels, then it may be a good time to update all of your product labels. View our selection of label materials and request samples today. We offer labels in sheets, rolls, and individual cut downs, in a variety of materials and adhesives that will be perfect for your brand. Contact us today! 

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