Washington — The FDA has proposed extending the compliance date for the Nutrition Facts and Supplement Facts label final rule, and final rules for serving size, from July 2018 to January 1, 2020, for manufacturers with annual sales of $10 million or more.
Manufacturers with annual sales less than $10 million would receive an additional year to comply, according to the federal agency.
The proposed extension is in response to concerns expressed by companies and trade associations regarding the time needed for implementation. Pressing issues include the ability to update all products by the original date and the need for clarification from the agency on a number of technical issues, the FDA reports.
Pending finalization of the rulemaking, the agency reports it “intends to exercise enforcement discretion with respect to the current July 26, 2018, and July 26, 2019, compliance dates.”
Noting this delay will result in an anticipated cost savings of nearly $1 billion, NCA President and CEO John Downs says: “NCA has advocated for this additional time to gain more clarity from FDA on outstanding questions on how to comply with the new rules, and to more toward harmonization between this rule and the pending GMO labeling requirements being drafted by the USDA.”
He adds that during the Association’s recent Regulatory Update session, Arthur Neal, deputy administrator of the Transportation and Marketing Program at the USDA, said the Department of Agriculture plans to release proposed GMO labeling rules later this fall, putting it on track to meet the final rule deadline of July 2018.