FDA Proposes Further Revisions to Nutrition Facts and Supplement Facts Panels

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Proposed rule would require declaration of %DV for added sugars, and would establish a DRV of 10% of total calories from added sugars

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA or Agency) has proposed additional revisions to the Nutrition Facts panel for packaged foods and the Supplement Facts panel for dietary supplements. Among other things, the proposed rule, if finalized, would require declaration of the percent daily value (%DV) for added sugars in a product, and would establish a daily reference value (DRV) of 10 percent of total calories from added sugars. The Agency is proposing to establish a DRV for added sugars of 50 grams (g) for children 4 years of age and older and adults, and 25 g for children 1 through 3 years of age. The proposed rule is a supplement to the March 3, 2014 proposed rule that suggested major changes to the Nutrition Facts and Supplement Facts labels. Click here for more information on FDA’s March 2014 proposed rule.

FDA is basing the added sugars %DV on the recommendation of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) that the daily intake of calories from added sugars should not exceed 10 percent of total calories. In developing this recommendation, the DGAC examined data which purportedly showed that it is difficult to meet nutrient needs while staying within calorie requirements if one exceeds 10 percent of total calories from added sugar.

In addition, the Agency is proposing footnote text for Nutrition Facts and Supplement Facts labels to explain that the %DV conveys how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet and that 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice. However, FDA is proposing to exempt certain foods from the footnote requirement, including foods that can use the terms "calorie free," "free of calories," "no calories," "zero calories," "without calories," "trivial source of calories," "negligible source of calories," or "dietary insignificant source of calories."

Finally, the Agency announced in the proposed rule that it is releasing the results of its consumer studies on the declaration of added sugars and the different footnote options FDA considered to help consumers understand the percent daily value concept.

Beginning today, FDA is accepting public comments on the proposed rule for 75 days. In addition, the Agency is reopening the comment period on its March 2014 proposal for 60 days, solely to obtain public comment on two consumer studies related to label formats.