FDA to Proceed with Nutritional Labeling Changes

In 2016, first lady Michelle Obama lead the reform to update the nutrition facts label displayed on packaged foods in an attempt to provide greater transparency to consumers. Following a 1 year delay, the FDA has now reaffirmed its commitment to these changes, extending the enforcement deadline.
  • In 2016, first lady Michelle Obama lead the reform to update the nutrition facts label displayed on packaged foods in an attempt to provide greater transparency to consumers. Major changes included the removal of Vitamin A and C from the mandatory label and the addition of Potassium, Vitamin D, and Added Sugar. Moreover, the formatting for number of calories was to be enlarged and emboldened and serving sizes for certain product types were to be adjusted to better reflect the amounts typically eaten by consumers.

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    Although the original enforcement date was expected to begin in July 2018,  these plans were placed on hold last year due to pressure from the food industry. The FDA has now released a final rule reaffirming its commitment to these changes and extending the enforcement deadline to January 1, 2020 for manufacturers with $10 million or more in annual food revenue and January 1, 2021 for manufacturers $10 million or less in annual food revenue.

    You can read more about the final rule regarding these changes here.

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