Are your food labels in accordance with the new FDA serving size change guidelines? One of the recent changes is that the serving size requirement is to be included in the new Nutrition Facts label. According to the FDA, these changes are mainly going to affect the ice cream and soft drinks manufacturers.
Why the Serving Size Changes?
The FDA wants to bring the serving sizes closer to the quantity that people would actually consume in a serving. Consumers will have a better idea of what calories and nutrients a serving size contains, because the size will be more in-line with what they would consume in a single serving. Previously, the serving sizes that were listed on the Nutrition Facts label were not the actual recommended serving sizes.
How Does this Affect Manufacturers?
With the changes in the package size, there have been changes in the criteria for labeling as well. The food products that were labelled as ‘more than one serving’ must be now labelled as ‘just one serving.’ This is because the consumers are more likely to consume the entire food serving in one sitting alone. Moreover, some large packages that can be consumed in either one or multiple sittings should be labelled both per serving as well as per package.
In these cases, a label would require a two column format if the package contains a minimum of two times the reference amount usually consumed and less than or equal to three times the reference amount.
If the food package is large enough for many people to eat in one sitting, the label does not require a two-column format. In this case, the food label should mention the quantity per serving. This would mean a ‘party size’ pack of chips or two-liter bottle of soft drink.
Benefit to the Consumers
The goal is to make the label format and content easier to understand.Making the number of calories and nutrients that are to be consumed easily identifiable. This will assist consumers in making healthy choices.
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