FDA Intends to Extend Compliance Dates for Nutrition Facts Label Final Rules
Updated Jun 22, 2017: Scott Gottlieb assured the Senate “This is a time-limited delay. This is not a suspension of the regulation. We are not reopening the regulation.” Source Keller and Heckman LLP.
Posted June 14, 2017
In May 2016, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration finalized the Nutrition Facts and Supplement Facts Label and Serving Size final rules and set the compliance date for July 26, 2018, with an additional year to comply for manufacturers with annual food sales of less than $10 million. After those rules were finalized, industry and consumer groups provided the FDA with feedback regarding the compliance dates. After careful consideration, the FDA determined that additional time would provide manufacturers covered by the rule with necessary guidance from FDA, and would help them be able to complete and print updated nutrition facts panels for their products before they are expected to be in compliance.
As a result, the FDA intends to extend the compliance dates to provide the additional time for implementation. The framework for the extension will be guided by the desire to give industry more time and decrease costs, balanced with the importance of minimizing the transition period during which consumers will see both the old and the new versions of the label in the marketplace. The FDA will provide details of the extension through a Federal Register Notice at a later time. (Source: FDA — Note: The FDA buried the information under “compliance date” section.)
Knowledge Bank’s take – you can check out the following to see the diverging opinions as to ‘why’ the extension.
- Food Navigator– ACI FOOD LAW FORUM: GMO labeling blues, Nutrition Facts delays, daily values and de-fortification, and will the FDA ever nail down natural?
- CNBC – FDA delays rule requiring new nutrition facts panel on food
- The National Law Review -FDA to Extend Compliance Dates for Nutrition Facts Label Changes
- Associated Press / The New York Time – FDA Delays Revamped Nutrition Facts Panel