Ingredient Preview uses New FDA Format and Daily Values

Posted on May 06, 2020 by

We've had the new FDA nutrition labels on ReciPal for several years now and recently made them the default for new labels.

Slowly but surely we've been going through the rest of ReciPal to use this new FDA format anywhere you see a nutrition label and finally got through the ingredient preview page!

On that note, we've also added the new format (and some other much requested options) as part of our Embed feature, which we'll post about in more detail soon.

What This Means

Mostly, it's just the look and feel of the label on the preview page - the bigger Calories font, bolded serving size, and slightly different order of vitamins.

In addition, the % daily values on the right side of the label use the updated daily value references for the new labels. So for example, the amount of fat in an ingredient wouldn't change with this update, but based on the new daily values it might be a different percentage of your recommended daily value of fat.

You'll also see the actual values for the vitamins (e.g. in mg, mcg), which is also consistent with the new label formats, and always helpful to have that additional data point rather than just the percentages like on the old labels.

Ingredient preview with new FDA nutrition label format

Here's the ingredient preview with the new FDA label format.

Consistency is Key

This update doesn't change your labels much in ReciPal, but it should lead to a more consistent experience all the way through when using our nutrition label maker.

And most food products already use this new format (although smaller manufacturers have until January 2021 to comply), so it makes sense to have it be the default wherever you see anything "label-like" on ReciPal.

Let us know what you think and if you have any questions!

About Lev Berlin

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Lev Berlin is the founder & CEO of ReciPal. Having previously been a founder of SlantShack Jerky, he needed nutrition labels and simple tools to start and run the business. He's read the FDA food labeling code countless times in the process of creating ReciPal and helping small food businesses with their labels. He's reviewed and created thousands of food labels, and been a mentor and guest speaker at food incubators, food business courses, and regulatory conferences, like Brooklyn Foodworks and ICE.

After graduating from Princeton with an engineering degree, Lev was a management consultant, then founder or early employee at half a dozen startups. He loves nothing more than helping other small businesses get off the ground and achieve their goals.

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