Date: Feb 27, 2014
Today, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the availability of three proposed rules that would revise the Nutrition Facts label requirements. These proposals will be published in the Federal Register on Monday, March 3.
Food Labeling: Revision to the Nutrition and Supplement Facts Labels;
Serving Sizes of Foods That Can Reasonably Be Consumed At One-Eating Occasion, et. al.;
Serving Sizes; Reference Amount and Serving Size Declaration for Hard Candies, Breath Mints;
FDA has also posted materials at:
Constituent Update: FDA Proposes Updates to Nutrition Facts Label on Food Packages
Proposed Changes to the Nutrition Facts Label
The proposed changes to the nutrition label include:
Below is a copy of the current Nutrition Facts box and the proposed Nutrition Facts box--
The proposed changes would affect all packaged foods except certain meat, poultry and processed egg products, which are regulated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). The FDA also is proposing some corresponding updates to the Supplement Facts label on dietary supplements, including proposed changes to the Daily Values and the units of measure.
Keller and Heckman LLP will be carefully reviewing these materials and will be preparing a detailed memorandum for distribution. We have decades of experience in the food labeling arena and were very involved with the development of the original Nutrition Labeling rules in the early 1990’s and in helping clients implement the final rules in 1993. As such, we would be happy to discuss the ramification of these proposed rules with you and assist in drafting comments. Comments are due on June 2, 2014 (90 days from publication) unless an extension is granted, which is likely.