With the entry into force of the new FDA Law, a series of changes have taken place in the labeling regulations of food exported to the United States. In this way, the regulations of the FDA (“Food and Drug Administration”), the US federal agency that depends on the Department of Health and that is mainly concerned with the regulation of imports of food products, has proposed changes in nutrition labeling that affects the labels of American products.
Changes in food labeling regulations for exports
The main differences with respect to previous food labeling regulations for exports in the United States are based on a series of criteria that have to do with the contribution of the nutritional value of said foods. Among the most prominent differences and changes we can differentiate:
Changes in Daily Values and which nutrients are included within Nutrition Facts. The main changes are determined by:
- Calories from Fat are no longer displayed.
- Vitamin D and potassium become mandatory nutrients while vitamin A and vitamin C become voluntary nutrients.
- Added sugars must now be declared as part of Carbohydrates. We will have to make sure as a company to take note of the proposed definition of added sugars that include not only sugar (sucrose), but also the other free, mono and disaccharides, such as corn syrup , dextrose, fruit juice, etc.
The daily value of the following five vitamins will be expressed in new units, each with its own conversion factors:
– Vitamin A in mcg RAE;
– Vitamin D in mcg;
– Vitamin E in mg;
– Niacin in NE mg;
– Folate in mcg DFE.
Daily Values have been updated to reflect the latest recommendations from the National Academies of Sciences and other research. This resulted in changes in the daily values of up to 25 nutrients.
Food labels: nutritional information and ingredients
On the other hand, the novelties in consumption portions that must be included in the new forms of food labeling for exports to the US also stand out in order to facilitate the nutritional information of said foods. In this way, and according to the US FDA regulations, the portions of food that users take have been increased.
Finally, it is necessary to know the dates of application of this new regulation to be able to export correctly to the United States. After the entry into force of the standard, a mandatory implementation period is foreseen until July 26, 2018.
To resolve any doubts that this new labeling regulation may cause to all those companies interested in exporting their food to the US, at Demos Global Group we offer a comprehensive advisory service regarding FDA regulations, so you can contact us to carry out an audit of your company and find out the best adaptation to these changes in US regulations.