2017 Nutrition Facts Label: Here’s What’s Changing (It’s A Lot!)

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Here's How to Tell. The one piece of Michelle Obama's legacy that President Trump can't wreck. The draft is intended in part to clarify issues which have been brought up by manufacturers during the roll out of the new Nutrition Facts label. The Washington Post newsroom was not involved in the creation of this content. After revision, the language used to describe when products need to comply has been changed to reflect that the date the food product was labeled, not its location in the distribution chain, determines whether or not it is in compliance.

The New Nutrition Facts Label: An Overview

FDA Issues Draft Guidance on New Nutrition Facts Label

The new label is intended to increase consumer awareness of the quantity of added sugars in food and beverage products. The final revision of the Nutrition Facts label will require the declaration of an amount, in grams, of added sugars per serving, the establishment of a Daily Reference Value DRV for added sugars, and a declaration, in percent, of Daily Value DV declaration of added sugars.

If the sugar content in said concentrate exceeds what would be expected from an ingredient made from percent fruits or vegetables, those sugars must be declared as added. For juice blends, added sugars must be declared on labeling if the sugar concentration exceeds what would be expected in the the same amount of the same type of single strength juice.

If so, the amount of sugar in excess of the expected amount must be reflected as added sugar on product labeling. If the sugar concentration is less than what would be expected, the added sugar declaration would be zero. Products that whole fruits or other fruit ingredients in which a whole fruit is processed and physically broken down into smaller pieces but in which the sugar has not been concentrated, such as fruit spreads, are excluded from the definition of added sugars. If a product contains less than one gram of added sugar per serving and if no claims are made about sweeteners, sugars, added sugars or sugar alcohol content, no label declaration of added sugars is required.

Mars executives are concerned that the existence of two labels in the market will confuse consumers. That just ends up confusing consumers.

That scenario is already beginning to play out in restaurants and grocery stores, where companies who scrambled to get calorie counts on their menus suddenly found themselves, as of late April, competing with chains who had done no such thing.

California Pizza Kitchen has, for instance, already printed menus with nutritional information listed next to the price, according to Politico. At Pizza Hut, a competitor, calories are only labeled in a select number of stores. But in its updated guidance to industry, the agency appeared to side with food industry groups that argued implementation by July was impossible.

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