New FDA Guidance on Nutrition Facts Label and Serving Size

FDA Issues Two Guidance Documents on the Nutrition Facts Label and the Serving Size Final Rules


January 4, 2017


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today issued two draft guidance documents related to the final rules on Nutrition Facts labeling and Serving Sizes to help industry comply with those rules.


The first draft guidance answers questions related to,

  • Labeling of added sugars
  • Rounding for declaration of quantitative amounts of vitamins and minerals
  • Label format (thickness of lines and space between lines).


The second draft guidance provides

  • Examples to help categorizing foods into the correct RACCs  (Reference Amounts Customarily Consumed per Eating Occasion) and thus determine the Nutrition Facts Label serving size.  (see PDF draft for complete table of example foods by category)


The final rules on the Nutrition Facts label and serving sizes published May 27, 2016. The compliance date is July 26, 2018, but smaller businesses with annual food sales that are less than $10 million have until July 26, 2019 to comply.


As, is always the case with “draft” guidance documents, there is a 60 day commentary period after publication in the Federal Register. Instructions for submitting comments can be found in the notices of availability at the links below:


For Additional Information:

Draft Guidance for Industry: Questions and Answers on the Nutrition and Supplement Facts Labels Related to the Compliance Date, Added Sugars, and Declaration of Quantitative Amounts of Vitamins and Minerals

Federal Register Notice for the Draft Guidance on Questions and Answers

Draft Guidance for Industry: Reference Amounts Customarily Consumed: List of Products for Each Product Category

Federal Register Notice for the Draft Guidance on Reference Amounts

Changes to the Nutrition Facts Label


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