In May of 2016, the FDA published the final rules on the new Nutrition Facts label for packaged foods. The new label is already appearing on packages, but for the “big” food manufactures (annual sales over $10 million), they’ll be required to make the change by January 1st, 2020. (Some segments have until January or July of 2021.)
- Here you’ll see a bigger and bolder typeface making it easier to identify and read.
- By law, serving sizes must be based on amounts of foods and beverages that people are actually eating, not what they should be eating.
- Like the serving sizes, Calories will have a bigger, bolder typeface making it easier to pinpoint at a glance. Whether you’re trying to bulk up or slim down, calories consumed can be an important factor.
- While labels must still list “Total Fat,” “Saturated Fat,” and “Trans Fat”, they won’t include the “Calories from Fat” line because research shows the type of fat is more important than the amount.
- This includes sugars added during the processing or packaging process. This will help consumers distinguish whether the sugars are naturally occurring (i.e., from fruit used as an ingredient) or if it’s an additional ingredient.
- Iron and Calcium remain on the required list, however, Vitamin D & Potassium have now been added. Listing Vitamin A and Vitamin C will be voluntary, as Americans rarely have deficiencies in these vitamins.
- The language of the footnote at the bottom of the nutrition label is being updated to illustrate and explain the meaning of %DV more clearly.