Starting January 1 of this year, the FDA’s new Nutrition Facts Label and Serving Size Guidelines have gone into effect for manufacturers with less than $10 million in annual food sales.
It has been some time since we have received any new developments from the USDA on their ruling on the revised Nutrient Facts Panel format. To bring everyone up to speed, back in May 2016 the FDA published two final rules (81 FR 33742 and 81 FR 34000) and announced the release of the new Nutrition Facts Label and Serving Size Guidelines. The compliance date of this final rule was January 1, 2020, for manufacturers with $10 million or more in annual food sales and January 1, 2021, for manufacturers with less than $10 million in annual food sales.
Back in 2016, the USDA released docket No. 2016-29272 addressing the adoption of the FDA’s new Nutrient Facts and Labeling Guidelines format for all meat and poultry products. Since then, the USDA has been quiet. AAMP’s Nutrient Analysis service has been utilizing the new Nutrient Facts Panel format for over two years now applying it to FDA inspected products and USDA inspected products if the processors request it.
To recap, here are the changes that have been made:
- Increased font size and bolding of the numbers for “Serving Size” and “Calories” to better highlight that information
- “Calories from Fat” will be removed because research has shown that the type of fat is more important than the amount
- “Added Sugars” will be added under “Total Carbohydrates” and displayed as both percent Daily Value and the actual amount
- Manufacturers will also have to declare both the percent Daily Value and the actual amount of Vitamin D, Calcium, Iron and Potassium
- Vitamin A and C are no longer mandatory but can be included voluntarily along with other vitamins and minerals
- Serving sizes and packaging will also get an update to better reflect what consumers are eating, not what they are recommended to eat
Requests for Nutrition Analysis
One of AAMP’s many benefits is our affordable Nutrition Analysis and Labeling service. Using the Genesis Nutrition Labeling Database, we can generate accurate nutrition fact panels and reports for both USDA and FDA inspected products. With the new format set by the FDA (which our Genesis Program can now provide) and the pending changes from USDA-FSIS, we anticipate an influx of requests this year and in the following years.
To provide you the fastest turnaround time on your formulation submissions, please follow the format provided on the AAMP website and provide all supporting documentation when submitting your requests. We encounter the same problems repeatedly and this translates into delays and incorrect facts panels and reports. Please follow the guidelines below when submitting a nutrition analysis request:
- Submissions should be written or typed on the Nutrition Analysis Ingredient Form only and the form should be completed in its entirety
- Provide nutrition facts only for spice blends. Do not send Letters of Predominance, Allergen Statements, Ingredient Lists, etc
- Do not send pictures of product labels that don’t include nutrition facts or that are barely legible
- Beef & pork should be defined with specific cuts or the lean-to-fat ratio provided for what you’re using
- Poultry should indicate breast, thigh, skinless, skin-on, etc
- If a particular spice blend is used in several formulations, send nutrition facts only once
- Spice blends or specific ingredients used on previous requests do not have to be resubmitted
Following these guidelines will ensure you receive your Nutrition Analysis as quickly as possible, however, please keep in mind that the volume of requests continues to increase.
We also strongly encourage you to contact your spice providers to make sure you have the most up-to-date information on your blends under the new FDA guidelines and guidelines that we expect to be submitted by USDA-FSIS soon.