NFL Requirements Demand Updated Product Labeling
5/1/2018 7:01 AM
What Changes do I Need to Make for FDA Compliant Nutrition Labels?
Guest contribution by Nikita Willeford
The Nutrition Facts Label (NFL) is an ever-changing component to product labeling. For businesses that process, produce, and distribute food products, nutrition label compliance is essential in order to ensure a company’s success. Recently, the Food and Drug Administration updated its guidelines on product labeling. Read on to find out more about the changes you need to make for FDA compliant nutrition labels.
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Nutrition Facts Label Category Updates
The FDA has made several changes to the food label categories that are included on nutrition labels. These changes span categories such as serving size, servings per container, calories, and more.
Serving sizes will be listed in larger, bolder type. The sizes will now be increased, and often represent the whole container or package as one serving.
Servings per Container
In contrast to the serving size, servings per container will now decrease in accordance with the increase to the overall service size.
Like the serving size, calories will now be presented in larger and bolder type. In addition, calories from fat have been removed from the nutrition label entirely.
The Percent Daily Value (DV)
The Percent Daily Value (DV) has been updated to reflect a 2,000-calorie diet. This category will also reflect new scientific findings regarding daily percentage values.
New FDA Nutrition Label Categories
The Food and Drug Administration has also added new categories for FDA-compliant nutrition labels alongside the updates to existing calories. These include Added Sugars, Vitamin D, and Potassium (K). The new additions are now required on all nutrition facts labels.
Unnecessary Food Label Components
Alongside the various updates to FDA-compliant food labels mentioned above, the FDA has also designated food label components that are no longer required categories for inclusion on nutrition facts labels. These categories include Vitamin A and Vitamin C.
According to FDA guidelines, the new ingredients list must show each ingredient in a food by its common in descending order by weight.
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To find out more about the changes businesses need to make for FDA-compliant nutrition labels, contact us at H. Derksen and Sons. You can reach us by calling 920-685-4000. Be sure to keep checking back to our blog for updates on FDA-compliant nutrition labels and to find out more about other topics in the label industry and printing industry.