FDA Food Labeling Guidance, Regulations, and RACC’s

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All foods sold in packages are required to have a food label. The FDA has established food-labeling regulations and can be found in the Code of Federal Regulations Title 21 Part 101. The FDA Food Labeling Guidance, which may be an easier to understand version of the regulations, can be found here.

Changes to the Nutrition Facts Label

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.

Compliance Date

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.

Reference Amounts Customarily Consumed (RACC) or Serving Sizes

The final rule published in the Federal Register in May 2016 has been updated to more accurately reflect the amount of food consumed in a common household. A link for specific food product examples can be found here.