(WASHINGTON, D.C.) The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) today welcomed the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announcing anextension of the compliance date for label changes to the Nutrition Facts Panel (NFP) on food and beverage products.
“We welcome this action by the FDA to provide companies with additional time to execute these updates to the Nutrition Facts Panel in a manner that will help reduce consumer confusion and costs in the marketplace,” 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 and these updates to the Nutrition Facts Panel are an important part of that ongoing commitment.”
FDA issued the final regulation in May 2016, more than a year ago, requiring revisions to the Nutrition Facts Panel by July 2018.
“We appreciate the guidance the agency issued in 2018, and we also urge FDA to issue vitally important final guidance on added sugars and dietary fibers. Additionally, it is important for FDA to act on the fiber ingredients under review so that companies can make the required label updates in a timely manner,” continued Bailey.
FDA's action extends the original July 2018 deadline to January 1, 2020. 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.
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.