On May 20, 2016 the FDA finalized changes to the current nutrition facts label. This change was made to assist consumers with making informed decisions about what they are eating. Manufacturers will have until July 26, 2018 to comply with the final requirements, and manufacturers with less than $10 million in annual food sales will have an additional year to make the changes.
The major changes include:
- Calories,” “servings per container,” and the “Serving size” will now appear in larger, bold type face.
- Vitamins and minerals will now report the actual amounts on the new label. Previously, they were only reported as % daily value.
- Vitamin D and potassium will be required on the new label. Vitamin A and C are no longer required but can be included as voluntary information.
- “Added Sugars” will now appear beneath the listing for “Total Sugars.”
- Added sugars includes sugars that are either added during the processing of foods, including sugars (free, mono- and disaccharides), sugars from syrups and honey, and sugars from concentrated fruit or vegetable juices that are in excess of what would be expected from the same volume of 100 percent fruit or vegetable juice of the same type.
- The definition excludes fruit or vegetable juice concentrated from 100 percent fruit juice that is sold to consumers (e.g. frozen 100 percent fruit juice concentrate) as well as some sugars found in fruit and vegetable juices, jellies, jams, preserves, and fruit spreads.
- Calories from fat will be removed.
- Dietary fiber is now defined as “non-digestible soluble and insoluble carbohydrates (with 3 or more monomeric units), and lignin that are intrinsic and intact in plants; isolated or synthetic non-digestible carbohydrates (with 3 or more monomeric units) determined by FDA to have physiological effects that are beneficial to human health.”
- Some fibers that have been deemed “beneficial” based on this new definition include: beta-glucan soluble fiber, psyllium husk, cellulose, guar gum, pectin, locust bean gum, and hydroxypropylmethcellulose.
In order to comply with these federal regulations and meet our client’s needs, Northland Labs will be making the following changes effective August 15, 2016.
Our general product package for nutritional labeling will include: Ash, Calcium, Calories (See note below), Cholesterol, Dietary Fiber, Fat, Fatty Acid Profile, Iron, Moisture, Potassium, Protein, Sodium, *Sugar Profile, Total Carbohydrates and Vitamin D.(*Added sugars will need to be provided by client upon receipt of the samples. Northland Labs can add added sugar statement to the nutritional label as a part of the general product package.)
Note: Calories will continue to be calculated and labeled using general factors of 4, 4, and 9 calories per gram for protein, total carbohydrate, and fat respectively. If specifically requested, Northland can calculate calories after taking into account soluble non-digestible carbohydrates and/or sugar alcohols. This will require ingredient information of the sample from the client. For additional information on changes to calories calculation please see article here.
If you have any questions regarding these changes feel free to contact us.