The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is extending the comment period for the Draft Guidance for Industry entitled “Questions and Answers About the Dietary Guidance Statements in Food Labeling” that appeared in the Federal Register on March 27, 2023. The new deadline for comments is September 25, 2023. The FDA is extending the comment period by 90 days in response to multiple requests from stakeholders to allow additional time for interested persons to develop and submit comments. Comments should be submitted to www.regulations.gov and identified with the docket number FDA-2023-D-1027 (https://www.regulations.gov/docket/FDA-2023-D-1027). View on the FDA Website >>
FDA: Front of Package Nutrition Labeling
The FDA is prioritizing its nutrition initiatives, and one goal is to help ensure that consumers in the U.S. have greater access to nutrition information they can use to make healthier food choices. Improving eating patterns can, in turn, improve everyone’s health and wellness.
Front-of-package labeling would complement the Nutrition Facts label that currently is required on food packages by displaying simplified, at-a-glance nutrition information and giving consumers additional context to help them quickly make more informed food selections. (The Nutrition Facts label is typically on the back or side of food packages). Use of the FOP nutrition labeling schemes has increased dramatically around the world in recent years.
The FDA is now conducting consumer research to explore the development of a FOP nutrition labeling scheme before issuing a proposed rule for public comment. On January 26, 2023, the agency issued a 60-day procedural notice on its research plans and on June 15, 2023 issued a 30-day procedural notice.