(WASHINGTON, D.C.) The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) today welcomed the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) proposed extension of the compliance date for label changes to the Nutrition Facts Panel (NFP) on food and beverage products to January 1, 2020.
“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.” said Pamela G. Bailey, GMA’s president and CEO. “FDA’s proposed new compliance date will provide companies with the necessary time to execute these updates to the Nutrition Facts Panel in a manner that will reduce consumer confusion and costs in the marketplace.”
“This common-sense extension to January 1, 2020 will allow FDA to complete the necessary final guidance documents for added sugars and dietary fibers and gives companies adequate time to make the Nutrition Facts Panel revisions,” said Bailey. “We urge FDA to complete this guidance as quickly as it can so companies can make the required updates.”
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.