We’ve officially made it to 2020! And you know what that means — it’s time to make sure that all items are buttoned up on your 2020 food labeling compliance checklist. If you have yet to make the switch from your old nutrition facts panel format into the new label format required by the FDA, we’re here to help. In just a few quick steps, you can receive a nutrition analysis of your food product recipe and create your FDA-compliant nutrition facts label. No, really!
Breaking Down the New 2020 Nutrition Label
Over the years, consumers have been voicing their need for a more detailed breakdown of the ingredient list and nutrition information within their food. There has been a “coming together” if you will, of consumer request and government concern with the state of public health in the United States. As a result, the FDA has placed the pressure on food manufacturers to be transparent in their food labeling. Thus, the new 2020 food labeling compliance rules were released and the new label format required.
So, what exactly does the FDA require of food manufacturers in regards to transparency in their labeling? Let’s take a look:
1. Serving Size
As you can see above, the serving size has been put in bold font to call attention to how many servings are in a product package and how large the single serving size actually is. Consumers often believe that because a food item comes inside of a single package, it is a single serving size. This is a common misconception with snack items such as chips, crackers and other snacks. Misconceptions such as these play a large role in the obesity epidemic in the United States. The FDA’s objective was to create an “educational” label that would draw the eye to the information consumer’s were missing so they were equipped with the knowledge to make informed food choices.
For the same reason, calories have been given a bold look on the new 2020 label format. There’s no mistaking the number of calories in a single serving in the new layout.
3. Total Fat
In 2020, with diets like Keto taking over the market, fat is getting a complete makeover. Same goes for the total fat section of the nutrition facts panel. Everything is listed with types of fat clearly defined for easy comprehension.
Added sugars are exactly what they sound like. They are sugars that have been added to a recipe through a sweetener of some sort. Naturally occurring sugars only go into the total sugar category. If you were creating a fruit smoothie, the natural sugar content in the fruit you were using would not contribute to added sugars. However, if you added honey or agave nectar or another sugar source to that smoothie, it would directly effect the amount of added sugars listed on the label.
5. Nutrition Facts & Daily Value Percentages
The overall look of these sections are a bit easier to read. In the upcoming industry changes, percentage of the daily value of micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) will not be allowed to exceed 100%.
2020 Food Labeling Compliance is More Than the Label
Though you can be found faulty of not complying with FDA standards by not having the latest 2020 label format, there’s something else that makes even more a difference when it comes to food labeling compliance. Your nutrition reporting might be the single most important part of your food labeling process. It’s the thing that the rest of your package labeling hinges on. You can’t make an accurate health claim, fill in the categories of your nutrition facts panel or cite a single allergen without an accurate nutrition report. In a word, your nutrition report makes you compliant.
This is where LabelCalc comes in and helps you check all the boxes to help you achieve 2020 food labeling compliance. By entering your product recipe, our database pulls the correct nutrition information from the USDA ingredient database. This information compiles an accurate nutrition report. Then, that nutrition report is automatically taken to fill the proper categories of your nutrition facts panel, in the latest 2020 label format.
With smart tools like our health claims and allergen flagging feature, we are able to complete your label with accompanying ingredient and allergen statements, also required by the FDA. From recipe to retail, we are here to get you compliant. In the time it took you to read this article, you could have created an FDA-compliant nutrition facts panel. So what are you waiting for? Go create your label!
And in case you need some help, contact us, we’ll guide you to the plan that suits you best so you can get started right away.