Simply stated, if you know exactly what you are eating and drinking, you can monitor your consumption much better than following one of the thousands of diets and their promises. An educated and mindful consumer, controls their destiny far better than following a diet menu, secret ingredients, a magic new vitamin, or TV doctor’s recommendation.
On May 20, 2016, the FDA announced the new Nutrition Facts label for packaged foods to reflect new scientific information, including the link between diet and chronic diseases such as obesity and heart disease. The new label will make it easier for consumers to make better informed food choices. FDA published the final rules in the Federal Register on May 27, 2016.
The FDA extended the compliance dates for the Nutrition Facts and Supplement Facts label final rule and the Serving Size final rule, from July 26, 2018 to January 1, 2020, for manufacturers with $10 million or more in annual food sales. Manufacturers with less than $10 million in annual food sales would receive an extra year to comply – until January 1, 2021.
Happily, many food suppliers and purveyors are already using the new label. The accompanying label shows you the important feature changes.