Contact: Susan Smith
February 27, 2014
Washington, DC - During the fourth anniversary of the First Lady’s Let’s Move campaign, Michelle Obama announced the release of the anticipated proposed overhaul of the Nutrition Facts Panel and updates to the Reference Amounts Customarily Consumed, upon which serving sizes are based. This is the largest update to the NFP in more than 20 years, and there are many changes proposed in the new rules that include general formatting and disclosure updates, as well as modifications to confectionery serving sizes.
Providing consumers with relevant nutrition information is of the utmost importance to America’s confectioners. NCA thanks FDA for the tremendous amount of work that has gone into updating the Nutrition Facts Panel, arguably the American consumer’s best source of information on a product.
NCA will be reviewing FDA’s proposed rules to determine the impact on confectioners. However, NCA does not support added sugar labeling, as it is not enforceable because there is no analytical test that can distinguish between intrinsic and added sugars. Additionally, moderate amounts of added sugar have never been shown to be associated with increased health risks.
With the update of the NFP, American confectioners, even the smallest among them, will have to spend millions of dollars updating and changing labels, so ample time to come into compliance is crucial. NCA looks forward to working with industry and the agency as this rule and others become final.
About the National Confectioners Association (NCA): The National Confectioners Association fosters industry growth by advancing the interests of the confectionery industry and its customers. Serving as the voice of the industry, the Association advocates for the needs of the industry before government bodies, helps the industry understand and implement food safety and other regulations, provides information to help members strengthen their business in today’s competitive environment and creates relationships between all sectors of the industry including manufacturers, brokers, trade customers, suppliers to the industry and our consumers.