2020 Nutrition Label Compliance — How Much Time is Left?
Since the FDA‘s announcement in 2018, the updated nutrition facts label enforcement clock has been ticking down to January 1, 2020: The official compliance date. And while manufacturers that do under $10 million in business have until July of 2020, all other food manufacturers have been busy researching and implementing the new label requirements to reach compliance by the first of the year. If you are among those who haven’t officially reached 2020 nutrition label compliance, fear not, the food and drug administration is extending a little mercy.
Because of the multiple requests by stakeholders and food manufacturers alike, the FDA updated their FAQ’s regarding 2020 nutrition label requirements on October 25, 2019 on their Industry Resources on the Changes of the Nutrition Facts Label page :
I understand that FDA has received multiple requests from manufacturers to provide additional time to comply with the new requirements. Do I still have to meet the January 1, 2020, compliance date?
The FDA has heard from several manufacturers and groups that more time may be needed to meet all of the requirements. Therefore, during the first 6 months following the January 1, 2020, compliance date, FDA plans to work cooperatively with manufacturers to meet the new Nutrition Facts label requirements and will not focus on enforcement actions regarding these requirements during that time.
As we well know, the upcoming label changes will impact multiple parts of the nutrition facts panel in an attempt to educate the consumer about the nutrition information of the products they are buying in order to allow them to make informed decisions regarding their health. These changes include but are not limited to these categories:
- Serving Size
- Calories from fat
- Total Fat
- Dietary Fiber
- Added Sugars
- Updated Daily Values
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin D
The food choices of the consumer are notoriously poor due to the lack of education around the nutrition information provided on food product packaging. The new labeling requirements per the FDA highlight important components on the nutrition facts panel so that consumers can lower their potential for chronic diseases by eating more mindfully.
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