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Are You Getting Ready to Meet the New Food Labeling Regulations?
Whether you’ve been following our blog or you’ve been keeping informed about the FDA’s new food labeling regulations, you’re probably already aware of the recent changes made regarding FDA labels. The FDA announced these changes on May 20, 2016. As a helpful reminder, we’ll discuss these important changes in more detail to help you prepare your labels before the 2018 deadline. Read on to learn more and don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. We’re here to help!
Food Labeling Recap
In September, we published a blog post about the recent changes that must be made to FDA labels and nutrition facts labels. Fortunately, companies still have plenty of time to make these changes, but it’s important to make necessary modifications as early as possible to ensure that your labels meet all FDA regulations. Here’s what needs to be done before July 26, 2018:
· Product calorie information must be clearly listed and as easy as possible to read
· Product nutritional content must be clearly labeled
· Added sugars (including corn syrup and fructose) must be clearly identified
While manufacturers have until July 26, 2018 to make these changes, companies earning less than $10 million in annual food sales are given an extra year. Below, we’ll discuss the changes that must be made in more detail.
Changes to Your Labels
Consumers want clear, concise, and readable product labels. Even more, shoppers want labels they can trust and rely on. These days, many customers are led to believe that the information provided on product labels are misleading and leave out a great deal of nutritional information. However, the FDA is working to regain consumer trust by requiring food manufacturers to list additional product information on FDA labels. As mentioned above, the FDA will require companies to include clear, easy-to-read product calorie information on nutrition labels. Calorie information and serving size must be listed in a large, bolded typeface to make the information stand out and easily readable.
Additionally, nutrition facts labels should include the sugar content in a food product and the added sugar content in prepacked food products, as well as potassium and Vitamin D content. Nutritional content for Vitamins C and A are no longer mandatory but are optional.
What to Do to Prepare Your FDA Labels
2018 may seem far off, but it’ll creep up on us before we know it. To reduce stress and save time next year, we recommend making these modifications to your food product labels as soon as possible. Making these changes early on will help you to avoid making labeling mistakes as the deadline approaches.
And fortunately, Sheet-Labels.com is here to help you as you make these changes to update your food product labels. Check out our large selection of food product labels, including our nutrition labels. We stay up-to-date on FDA and USDA labeling regulations, and we even offer labels made from FDA-compliant materials. Learn more about material compliance here.
When you’re ready to make changes to your product labels, give us a call. We’ll be happy to help!