FDA Proposes To Extend Compliance Dates For Nutrition Label
Thursday, October 12th, 2017 | 131 Views
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is proposing to extend the compliance dates for the nutrition facts and supplement facts labels.
The FDA is also proposing to extend the compliance date of the serving size final rule, and the compliance dates for all three labels is to be extended from 26 July, 2018, to 1 January, 2020, for manufacturers with US$10 million or more in annual food sales. Manufacturers with less than US$10 million in annual food sales would receive an extra year to comply, until 1 January, 2021.
The FDA aims to ensure that consumers have the facts they need to make informed decisions about their diet and the foods they feed their families. The proposed rule only addresses the compliance dates, and not any other changes to the nutrition facts label and serving size final rules.
The proposal to extend the compliance dates is in response to the continued concern that companies and trade associations have shared with the FDA regarding the time needed for implementation of the final rules. Manufacturers expressed concerns about their ability to update all products by the original compliance dates and the importance of obtaining clarification from the FDA on a number of technical issues relating to the final rules.
Written or electronic comments on the extension of the compliance dates are being accepted by the FDA for 30 days, beginning on 2 October, 2017. Only comments on the extension of the compliance dates are accepted by the agency.