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GMA Applauds FDA’s Intention to Extend Compliance Date for Nutrition Facts Panel Update

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(WASHINGTON, D.C.) The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) today applauded the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced intention to extend the compliance date for label changes to the Nutrition Facts Panel (NFP) on food and beverage products.

FDA issued the final regulation in May 2016, more than a year ago, requiring revisions to the Nutrition Facts Panel by July 2018. The agency has not yet issued vitally important final guidance on added sugars and dietary fibers that is essential for companies to make label updates. Today, FDA announced that it was extending the original July 2018 deadline. The extension allows the federal agency to complete the necessary final guidance documents and gives companies adequate time to make the Nutrition Facts Panel revisions.

“FDA’s common-sense decision will reduce consumer confusion and costs,” said Pamela G. Bailey, GMA’s president and CEO. “Food and beverage manufacturers are committed to giving consumers the information and tools they need to make informed choices, such as by updating the Nutrition Facts Panel. But the fast-approaching compliance deadline was virtually impossible to meet without the needed final guidance documents from FDA. FDA’s extension is both reasonable and practical.”

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The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) is the trade organization representing the world’s leading food, beverage and consumer products companies and associated partners. The U.S. food, beverage and consumer packaged goods industry plays a unique role as the single largest U.S. manufacturing employment sector, with 2.1 million jobs in 30,000 communities across the country that deliver products vital to the wellbeing of people in our nation and around world. Founded in 1908, GMA has a primary focus on product safety, science-based public policies and industry initiatives that seek to empower people with the tools and information they need to make informed choices and lead healthier lives. For more information, visit gmaonline.org.