- Author: The MenuSano Team
- Published: 4/25/2019 8:49:45 AM
As our knowledge and awareness continue to develop around nutrition, the information provided by food manufacturers is evolving as well. Now, more than ever, people are beginning to ask questions about what’s in their food and how much of it.
The standard nutrition label that has been around for several years contains all of the basic information: serving size, daily percentage value, the amounts of certain elements of the ingredient/product (ex. calories, fats, sugars). Now, with all of the new information that has come out about certain foods and ingredients that can be detrimental to your health, people want more information and more transparency when it comes to food labelling.
In May of 2016, the U.S. FDA (Food and Drug Administration), completely revamped and finalized the Nutrition Facts and Supplement Facts Label and Serving size rules. Since these laws are very complex, they set the compliance date (i.e. the date that all participating parties must abide by these new rules) for January 1, 2020, for manufacturers with $10 million or more in annual food sales. Manufacturers with less than $10 million in annual food sales would have an additional year to comply – until Jan. 1, 2021.
In a time where nutrition is evolving and consistently controversial, hot topic, accurate and thorough food labels are becoming more crucial than ever before.
The Canadian nutrition labelling process will be adjusted as well. The new documents that will be put into place to educate people about food are as follows:
- Nutrition Labeling - Table of Reference Amounts for Food
- Nutrition Labeling - Table of Daily Values
- Nutrition Labeling - Directory of Nutrition Facts Table Formats
Additionally, new Canadian law regarding nutrition will be focused more on the compliance aspect. Health Canada is the usual organization that develops Canadian nutrition labelling regulations. In this case, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency will enforce these new regulations that were published in 2016 and continue to monitor within the next five years as industries must meet these requirements within that time frame. The new format is deadline is December 14, 2021, and it is proposed to extend this deadline to December 14, 2022.
Canadian Nutrition Facts Label
The Canadian nutrition facts label will have the following changes applied to it, among others:
- The serving size will be more consistent and realistic in terms of what Canadians actually eat.
- Revised daily values based on updated scientific research
- Revised footnote to focus on the daily percentage value
- Updated design to emphasize the serving size
- The “Sugars” category will be more specific
- Ex. Sugars (molasses, cane sugar, brown sugar)
FDA Approved Nutrition Facts Label
In 2016, the FDA completely revamped the traditional food label in terms of its content and design. It still stands that food labels must identify percentages of calories, fats, carbohydrates, etc. as well as the food source names of ingredients that contain one of the major, identified food allergens such as peanuts or soy.
In terms of the design and content the following changes were implemented:
- The serving size is in larger, bold type
- Serving sizes were updated
- Daily values were updated
- “Added Sugars” is a new section on the label
- New footnote that further clarifies what the percentages are based on and emphasizes that “*The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.”
In terms of new additions to the label, the following will be added/removed:
- Vitamin D and potassium will be required on the label.
- Calcium and iron will continue to be on the label.
- Vitamins A and C can be included on a voluntary basis but are not required by FDA law.
Why Vitamin D & Potassium?
In the past, Vitamin D and Potassium were not required to be listed on nutrition labels. The reason for their mandatory implementation is that studies and tests have proven that many people are deficient in these two nutrients. Therefore, it is important that they are aware of what meals and ingredients contain high levels of these nutrients so they can ensure that they are meeting their body’s needs. Additionally, the amount in measurement format (ex. Milligrams, grams), as well as the daily value percentage, must be listed for vitamin D, calcium, iron, and potassium.
TIP: Below is a list of foods and beverages that contain high levels of Vitamin D and Potassium. You don’t have to wait until 2020 to start educating yourself and getting those nutrients into your body!
- Sweet Potatoes
- Fatty fish (salmon, mackerel)
- Canned tuna
- Orange juice
Where Can I Get The New Nutrition Fact Labels?
Upon release, MenuSano nutritional analysis software will have the newest nutrition fact labels as part of our offerings. In the coming month, MenuSano 2.0 will be released, providing over 50 nutrition fact labels across the U.S. and Canada as well as a more extensive database for nutrition information.
MenuSano nutrition analysis software helps alleviate customers’ nutritional concerns by taking the mystery out of restaurant dishes. It details all necessary ingredients and daily value percentages as prescribed by the FDA and Canadian government. MenuSano is very user-friendly and has a comprehensive database of thousands of ingredients and nutrition information.
By using MenuSano, you will have the ability to customize your dishes and instantly see the difference in nutrition values.