Proposal to push back US nutrition panel compliance
The US Food and Drug Administration is proposing to push back the compliance deadline for America’s new mandatory nutritional panels.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is proposing to now give companies that have more than US $10 million in food sales annually to 1 January 2020 to display the new panels. The original deadline was 26 July 2018.
The FDA also wants to give companies that have less than US $10 million in sales an extra year to comply, proposing a 1 January 2021 deadline.
The new deadlines have been proposed with a number of companies and trade associations informing the FDA that they will not have enough time to comply if the original deadlines remain in place.
“These stakeholders expressed concerns about their ability to update all products by the original compliance dates and the importance of obtaining clarification from the FDA on a number of technical issues relating to the final rules,” the FDA said.
The FDA will accept comment on the proposed extensions for 30 days beginning 2 October 2017. Electronic comments can be submitted at https://www.regulations.gov/.
The new US nutritional panels are the first major overhaul to American nutritional panels in over 20 years. Changes to the panels include the introduction of “realistic serving sizes””, added sugar declarations and clarification of the definition of dietary fibre.
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