Academy Questions FDA’s Proposed Delay of Nutrition Facts Label Compliance

10/18/2017 - The Academy is reviewing the rationale from the Food and Drug Administration for its proposed delay of the compliance deadline by up to 1 1/2 years for final rules associated with the updated Nutrition Facts Label. According to the FDA’s proposal, manufacturers with $10 million or more in annual food sales would have until January 1, 2020 to implement the new label, and manufacturers with less than $10 million in annual food sales would have until January 1, 2021.

The FDA cited “continued concern” expressed from companies and trade associations about the time needed to properly implement the updated label as the reason for the proposed deadline extension.

The Academy noted that the final rule provided manufacturers with more than two years to transition to the new format and that the deadline is more than sufficient for companies whose products are already complying. The Academy will be commenting to the FDA about its proposal and its consistency with the Academy's Principles for Nutrition Labeling. Members should work through your dietetic practice groups' Policy and Advocacy Leaders before October 24 to help inform the Academy's comments.