FDA Announces Extension for Compliance with Nutrition Facts Panel Requirements
November 13, 2019
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced Oct. 23 that they plan to work cooperatively with manufacturers during the first six months following the Jan. 1, 2020, compliance date for the new Nutrition Facts label requirements for manufacturers with $10 million or more in annual sales. In addition to working cooperatively, FDA won’t focus on enforcement during the first six months, giving manufacturers more time to comply. The decision comes after several manufacturers requested more time to meet the new requirements.
Issued on May 3, 2018, the final rule includes various changes to nutrition facts panels to promote healthier food choices. These changes included: stating the number of servings in larger and bolder font; more prominently featuring calorie amounts; updating recommended daily values, changing the nutrients required to be listed as well as the actual amounts of nutrients declared; a new footnote explaining percentage daily values; and a line listing the amount of added sugar.