FDA Extends Enforcement Discretion For Nutrition Facts Panel Compliance

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Washington — The FDA has added six months of enforcement discretion for Nutrition Facts Panel compliance after the January 1, 2020, compliance date. The move comes in part from actions taken by NCA, in cooperation with other trade associations as part of the Food & Beverage Industry Alliance. The notice is in the form of a question on the FAQ section of FDA website on Nutrition Labeling.

Following is the FDA’s response to the NCA request:

“The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has received multiple requests from manufacturers, including your letter of September 25, 2019, to provide additional time to comply with the new requirements. To help address the concerns heard, we will work cooperatively with manufacturers to meet the new requirements and will not focus on enforcement actions regarding the new NFL requirements for the first 6 months following the January 1, 2020, compliance date. We added a new Question and Answer to the website at https://www.fda.gov/food/food-labeling-nutrition/industry-resources-changes-nutrition-facts-label#Compliance to inform industry of our intentions.” C&ST