What are the highlights of the
new rules changes?
The new rules call for changes to the label format and
appearance, changes to Daily Values for several key
nutrients such as fat, carbohydrate, fiber and sodium, along
with adjustments to serving sizes for many product
categories to reflect typical consumption patterns. FDA now
also requires declarations for Added Sugars, Vitamin D and
Potassium as "mandatory" Nutrition Facts nutrients, while
Vitamin A and Vitamin C become "voluntary" and Calories from
Fat are eliminated.
When must I comply?
The earliest date for industry
to begin using labels that comply with the new regulations
is July 26, 2016. For companies with $10 million or more in
annual food sales, 100% of inventory must comply with the
new regulations within 2 years, by July 26, 2018. Companies
with less than $10 million in annual food sales have an
extra year to comply, with all inventory phased in by July
26, 2019. Despite these absolute compliance dates, industry
may want to consider phasing in inventory sooner to ensure
the most contemporary looking labels.
Where can I get the details of the new
Final Rule for Revision of the Nutrition Facts & Supplement
Facts Labels (259 pages)
Final Rule for Serving Sizes and Dual Declaration Labeling
Requirements (48 pages)
FDA's At-a-Glance Graphic for What's New (1 page)
What are the graphic requirements for
the new Nutrition Facts label?
Here is a side-by-side comparison showing original rules vs. new
Will these changes affect food labels
in Canada and Mexico as well?
Each country will continue to be responsible for issuing and
enforcing its own food label regulations. Health Canada has
issued proposed changes to its Nutrition Facts Table and
List of Ingredients. While there are several similarities
between the Canadian proposal and the new rules in the U.S.,
there are also many differences, which reinforces the need
for careful attention to understand the nuances. Food label
regulations for Mexico were last modified in August 2014.