Compliance Dates for the New FDA Nutrition Label Format
Posted on July 25, 2016 by Nili
The FDA's new rule for nutrition facts panels goes into effect July 26, 2016. The compliance date is July 26, 2018, but smaller businesses with annual food sales that are less than $10 million get an extra year to comply--until July 26, 2019.
We've gone over the changes and dates already, but like a lot of rules, the more you look at them the more questions you have. One of the big ones percolating through food industry circles is "what exactly do the dates mean?" Does the grace period only apply to businesses and products that are already in the market? Do new products and businesses that are created or introduced on or after July 26 of this year have to use the new format right away since the new rule will be in effect then? How do you actually, practically, comply?
Here's the best information we have, whether you're already in business or just getting started:
- As of July 26, 2016: You can use the new label format.
- As of July 26, 2018 (or July 26, 2019 if annual food sales are less than $10 million): You must use the new format.
- Between July 26, 2016 and July 25, 2018 or 2019: You can use either the old or the new format. (We'll have both available in ReciPal.)
Sooner is Better
It's always a good idea to make the transition sooner rather than later. According to the FDA: "We generally encourage industry to comply with new labeling regulations as quickly as feasible, however. Thus, when industry members voluntarily change their labels, it is appropriate that they incorporate any new requirements that have been published as final regulations up to that time."
So that's our best understanding of the general requirements right now. We'll keep you posted if any other information comes along or anything changes. If you have specific questions or concerns about your situation, you can always contact the FDA. For more general questions, send us an email or leave a comment below.
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