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Frequently Asked Questions

Manufacturers

When was the last time food labels were updated in the United States?

In June 2016, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a final rule, “Food Labeling: Revision of the Nutrition and Supplement Facts Labels” revising and updating the Nutrition Facts label. This was the first major overhaul since food packages began using labels in 1993.

When will the new food labels be available on food packages?

Manufacturers earning more than $10 million in annual food sales have until July 26, 2018 to ensure their labels are compliant with FDA’s changes. Manufacturers earning less than $10 million in annual food sales have until July 26, 2019 for compliance.

What are the Daily Values (DVs) used for food labeling?

In 2016, FDA updated the DVs for certain mandatory and voluntary nutrients declared on the food label, and developed new DVs (based on recommendations from the Institute of Medicine and Dietary Guidelines for Americans) for infants to 12 months, children 1 – 3 years old, and pregnant women and lactating women. A new DV was also developed for “Added Sugars”. DVs are used by manufacturers as the basis for the %DV calculations. When a %DV is required the calculations are based on the following reference values.

 

Nutrient Unit of Measure Adults

and

Children

≥ 4 years

Infants

through

12 months

Children 1

through 3

years

Pregnant

women

and

lactating

women

Vitamin A Micrograms RAE (mcg) 900 500 300 1,300
Vitamin C Milligrams (mg) 90 50 15 120
Calcium Milligrams (mg) 1,300 260 700 1,300
Iron Milligrams (mg) 18 11 7 27
Vitamin D Micrograms (mcg) 20 10 15 15
Vitamin E Milligrams (mg) 15 5 6 19
Vitamin K Micrograms (mcg) 120 2.5 30 90
Thiamin Milligrams (mg) 1.2 0.3 0.5 1.4
Riboflavin Milligrams (mg) 1.3 0.4 0.5 1.6
Niacin Milligrams NE (mg) 16 4 6 18
Vitamin B6 Milligrams (mg) 1.7 0.3 0.5 2.0
Folate Micrograms DFE (mcg) 400 80 150 600
Vitamin B12 Micrograms (mcg) 2.4 0.5 0.9 2.8
Biotin Micrograms (mcg) 30 6 8 35
Pantothenic Acid Milligrams (mg) 5 1.8 2 7
Phosphorus Milligrams (mg) 1,250 275 460 1,250
Iodine Micrograms (mcg) 150 130 90 290
Magnesium Milligrams (mg) 420 75 80 400
Zinc Milligrams (mg) 11 3 3 13
Selenium Micrograms (mcg) 55 20 20 70
Copper Milligrams (mg) 0.9 0.2 0.3 1.3
Manganese Milligrams (mg) 2.3 0.6 1.2 2.6
Chromium Micrograms (mcg) 35 5.5 11 45
Molybdenum Micrograms (mcg) 45 3 17 50
Chloride Milligrams (mg) 2,300 570 1,500 2,300
Potassium Milligrams (mg) 4,700 700 3,000 5,100
Choline Milligrams (mg) 550 150 200 550
Fat Grams (g) 78 30 39 78
Saturated fatty acids (g) Grams (g) 20 NA 10 20
Cholesterol Milligrams (mg) 300 NA 300 300
Total carbohydrate Grams (g) 275 95 150 275
Sodium (mg) Milligrams (mg) 2,300 NA 1,500 2,300
Dietary Fiber (g) Grams (g) 28 NA 14 28
Protein (g) Grams (g) 50 11 25 71
Added Sugars (g) Grams (g) 50 NA 25 50

 

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