FDA Extends Nutrition Facts Panel Compliance Date
The Food and Drug Administration has extended the implementation deadline for a revamped nutrition facts panel. The new panel was designed to make it easier to see how many calories and added sugars are in packaged foods and drinks. The FDA originally gave companies until July 26, 2018, to comply, with smaller food makers getting an extra year. It intends to give companies additional time to achieve compliance without providing a specific deadline, and will provide details regarding the extension through the Federal Register at a later time.
The Grocery Manufacturers Association and other industry groups sent a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price earlier this year asking for the deadline to be pushed to 2021. The GMA noted that the "fast-approaching compliance deadline" was difficult to meet without final guidance from FDA on certain details, such as whether some commonly used ingredients in food products can continue to be counted as fiber on the new panel, reports CBS News. Full Story
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