It’ll be 2020 in a few short months… As I write this, I had to take a moment to process what I just wrote, 2020! Due to the internet & social media, the food business has changed drastically over the last decade. Customers are more educated than ever, they have a better understanding of organic foods, healthy eating, what they can afford to eat and what they can’t.
These days, a nutritional label can make or break a sale within seconds, which is why it is more important than ever to have labels on your food products. Sometimes, it seems as though the government takes forever to adapt to the times, particularly when you consider that the last significant nutritional facts label change was 25 years ago.
Times are changing though, and so is the FDA… On May 27, 2016, the FDA announced a number of significant label changes corresponding to changing health needs of the general population. The goal of the new label is to help consumers make better informed decisions about the food they purchase that more accurately reflects the diet of the American population.
What’s Changed & Why?
- The daily values of each category have been updated based on new scientific information & dietary suggestions
- Serving sizes have been updated to more closely reflect the quantity that the average American consumer eats or drinks, but it doesn’t stop there, the font is now large & bold
- Calories are now listed with large font and no longer include “calories from fat” value.
- “added sugars” will now be included in the label
- A footnote is now included on the label to provide a better explanation of what the information on the nutritional label means
- Nutrients & vitamins will now display their exact amounts along with their daily value percentages
- Vitamin D & Potassium are now required on the label while Vitamins A & C are no longer included (unless the manufacturer chooses to include them).
When will these new changes take effect?
For businesses with more than $10 million in annual sales: January 1st, 2020.
For businesses with less than $10 million in annual sales: January 1st, 2021.
What about products packaged in 2019 or earlier?
Products packaged in 2019 or earlier will be allowed to keep the current label until the product is out of date.
How will the new rules impact the way food producers & manufacturers develop their products?
There are 2 significant differences that should be noted:
- The new, stricter dietary fiber guidelines will require strict documentation in order to verify any fiber claims. As seen in https://www.fda.gov/food/food-labeling-nutrition/questions-and-answers-dietary-fiber#fda_actions
- Due to the new added sugar requirement, some manufacturers may decide to reformulate their recipes if displaying the added sugars may negatively impact their health conscious customers who are trying to avoid excessive amounts of sugar.
What should Food Businesses & Manufacturers do to prepare for the new rules?
To ensure compliance with the new nutritional label requirements, it is important to understand the ingredients and portions being used in your products. If your product has dietary fiber, does it qualify under the new regulation? You’ll need to understand what qualifies as an added sugar, and how much is being added to your product.
Working with Nutrasoft to prepare for the new nutritional label requirements.
NutraSoft is a program designed to help small food businesses do more and pay less, quite literally. The program includes the FDA Nutritional Database and Canadian Food file to produce your nutritional facts labels for both the US and Canada.
In the interests of providing as much value as we can, the program goes well beyond producing nutritional facts labels. We now have over 400 clients who use the software to analyze and optimize their food production costs, track inventory and provide purchase orders to their suppliers.
NutraSoft has one fixed price for all your recipes, $69 ($52 USD)… If you have 10 products, 100 products or even 1000 products the price is the same. $69($52 USD)/month for the entirety of your recipes, and you can cancel any time.