What’s New On Nutrition Labels for 2021?

Over the past few years, updates to nutrition labels have occurred in various industries according to guidelines issued by the FDA. Under the latest ingredient labels guidelines, the nutrition label that provides information to the public will see some design changes. There will be alterations made to the size of the type detailing the calorie information as well as the servings per container. There will also be bolding highlighting the number of calories and serving size info. The 2021 updates to custom nutrition labels actually date back to 2016 and their initial publication. The FDA made these changes to refresh the design of nutrition labels, update the labeling requirements for certain packaging sizes and to ensure consumers have the information they need to make educated decisions about the foods they want to buy and eat.

Custom Nutrition Labels With FDA Compliance

  • Custom nutrition labels are being updated to help consumers make informed choices when buying packaged food and drinks. Daily values, that show how much nutrient in a food serving contributes to a total daily diet, are updated so they might be lower or higher on a nutrition label. Updated daily value percentage recommendations make it easier than ever to determine the amount of nutritional value in a certain product.
  • While the text size is getting bigger, the product packaging also plays a part in the label design and size. The total surface area of the label determines if the tag will have a vertical, linear or dual column display. Changes to the type on the labels include a larger font for the serving size, increased type size for calories and the numbers will be bolder to draw more attention to the relative health value of the product.
  • Even though new food labeling regulations are being issued in 2021 and 2022, the FDA has set 1/1/2024 as the uniform compliance date for these changes. The idea behind the uniform compliance date is to lessen the economic impact on those in the food industry having to individually address each labeling change.

How Do Your Nutrition & Ingredient Labels Stack Up?

Now that you’ve seen some of the changes required of nutrition and ingredients labels, do your current labels come close to meeting the regulations? Do you have multiple changes to make before the uniform compliance date? The updates required in the next few years by the FDA can sometimes be confusing no matter how experienced a company is performing past updates and design changes. These alterations will require significant changes to the design and layout of both product packaging and labels. If you have not started the process to make the necessary changes, there is no need to panic. You still have time to get in compliance (with a helping hand from our team).

Call us today about design and packaging needs for your nutrition labels in 2021…and beyond!

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