FDA Finalizes Nutrition Labeling Guidance Documents

On December 31, 2019, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued two final guidance documents to assist industry with compliance with the agency’s updated Nutrition Facts labeling regulations. The first final guidance, entitled, “Guidance for Industry: Serving Sizes of Foods That Can Reasonably Be Consumed At One Eating Occasion, Reference Amounts Customarily Consumed, Serving Size-Related Issues, Dual-Column Labeling, and Miscellaneous Topics” is a questions-and-answers style document and a helpful resource to consult for determining the serving size, number of servings, and appropriate Nutrition Facts Panel (NFP) format for different types of food packages.

This guidance finalizes the draft guidance released in November 2018 with relatively few changes, as summarized below. FDA also updated one question in its final guidance document, “Nutrition and Supplement Facts Labels: Questions and Answers Related to the Compliance Date, Added Sugars, and Declaration of Quantitative Amounts of Vitamins and Minerals,” with a new question-and-answer on the creation of sugars through the controlled hydrolysis of starch and other complex carbohydrates in the production of plant-based beverages, as discussed further below.

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