On Friday, Nov.
2, FDA announced two new final
guidance to help companies revise nutrition labels for conventional foods
and dietary supplements to comply with the new regulations.
guidance addresses Food Labeling: Serving Sizes of
Foods That Can Reasonably Be Consumed At One Eating Occasion, Reference Amounts
Customarily Consumed, Serving Size-Related Issues, Dual-Column Labeling, and
Miscellaneous Topics: Guidance for Industry. The second final guidance document consists mainly of questions and
answers to help manufacturers with Nutrition and Supplement Facts
Labels: Questions and Answers Related to the Compliance Date, Added Sugars, and
Declaration of Quantitative Amounts of Vitamins and Minerals: Guidance for
Industry. FDA made a statement that the compliance date
is based on the date the label is applied to the product. If a label compliant with the old requirements
is applied before the compliance date of May 27, 2016, the product is compliant
and remains compliant throughout distribution. Any label applied after the compliance date
must comply with the new/revised requirements.
Guidance documents do not establish legally
enforceable responsibilities, guidance's describe their current thinking on a
topic and should be viewed only as recommendations.
By : Megan Servello