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.
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.
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
≥ 4 years
|Vitamin A||Micrograms RAE (mcg)||900||500||300||1,300|
|Vitamin C||Milligrams (mg)||90||50||15||120|
|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|
|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|
|Pantothenic Acid||Milligrams (mg)||5||1.8||2||7|
|Saturated fatty acids (g)||Grams (g)||20||NA||10||20|
|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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