Back in 2016, the FDA announced sweeping changes that would be coming to its Nutrition Facts Panel.
Nutrition professionals and health advocacy groups were excited about almost all of these changes, including:
- Long-waited addition of the Added Sugars line under Carbohydrates that will help consumers differentiate between natural versus added sugar in their foods
- More realistic portion sizes and bigger font call out of calories in a package
- Updated list of nutrients (vitamin D and potassium) replacing ones we get enough of (vitamins A and C)
But if you’re still waiting for the roll out of the new label, don’t hold your breath. The FDA recently announced that it is proposing to extend the compliance dates for Nutrition Facts Label Final Rules from July 26, 2018 to January 1, 2020. The rationale is that this will give manufacturers additional time to comply.
In the meantime, consumers will have to continue relying on the current version of the food label, which hasn’t changed much since its original roll-out in 1992.