Legal Guide to Health Claims on Food
What Laws Regulate Food and Nutrition Labels?
Nutrition Label Updates
- New information on the link between diet and chronic disease, such as heart disease and obesity, must appear on applicable labels.
- Calories and serving size are listed in a larger, bolder font, with the number of servings per container also in a larger type size.
- Serving sizes are based on the amount of food people actually eat rather than how much they should eat, requirements that were last published in 1993.
- Packaged food that is between one and two servings will be required to be labeled as one serving, as people typically consume the whole package, but should indicate the amount of calories and nutrients per serving and per package in two columns.
- A new footnote explains what percentage of the Daily Value (DV) means.
- Labels must list the actual amount and DV for calcium, iron, potassium and vitamin D; vitamins A and C are no longer required.
- Percentage of Daily Values for nutrients including sodium, fiber and vitamin D were updated.
- “Added sugars” must be listed on labels in grams and percentage of Daily Value.
- Labels still require manufacturers to list total fat, saturated fat and trans fat, but “calories from fat” is not required.