Major changes for food nutrition labels went into effect in January 2020, but smaller companies may have until January 2021 to comply with these new expectations. If you haven’t reworked your food and beverage labels to display the new food nutrition labels, now is the time to get started. When you compare the old and new food nutrition labels, you will notice that many things are similar or the same, but there are some major differences to consider.
Here are some of the most important things to know about the new food nutrition labels:
- At the top of the labels, the calorie information is now highlighted in a bold way. This includes the serving size in bold (many of which have been adjusted to more accurately reflect how much people usually eat) and the servings per container in a larger font size.
- There is a brand-new category called “added sugars,” which means sugar in any form that does not naturally occur in the main ingredients and has been added to sweeten the product.
- Many of the daily value recommendations for vitamins and minerals have been adjusted. Vitamin A and C are no longer highlighted because getting enough of these is not generally a problem. Potassium and iron are now more of a focus as people are more likely to be deficient in those.
- The daily intake for sodium recommendation has actually been reduced while the daily recommended intake of fiber has been increased. Changes like these will affect the percentages displayed on your food nutrition labels.
If you use food nutrition labels on your products, it is crucial that you are in compliance with the new guidelines. Reach out to us here at LPS Labels and we can help you update your product and food nutrition labels today.