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December 2019

Changes Coming to the Nutrition Facts Label

You might be noticing changes to Nutrition Facts labels on foods and supplements. New rules are going into effect starting January 1, 2020. Manufacturers with at least $10 million in annual sales are required to make the changes first. Smaller manufacturers have until 2021 to make the switch. But anticipate seeing lots of these changes rolled out next year. What should you expect?

Overall, the goal of these new labels is to help consumers make more informed decisions. If consumers can’t find the information they need, or if it isn’t obvious at first glance, they likely aren’t going to consider it. Servings per container, serving size, and total calories will all be in much bigger and bolder font. Labels will also have added sugars listed separately from sugars naturally present in the product.

Nutrient content labeling is also changing. Notably for the dietary supplement world, actual quantities of vitamin D, calcium, iron and potassium must be clearly listed in addition to the percent daily value. Amounts for vitamins A and C won’t be required anymore because deficiency is much rarer today than it was back in the 90s. Daily values for nutrients like sodium and dietary fiber are also changing to help people consume less salt and more fiber.

Some dietary supplement companies like NOW Foods and Thorne are already putting these changes into effect. Many new products added to our Commercial Products Database already include these changes. Expect to see more in the new year. 

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