SNAC International Statement on FDA's Extension of Nutrition Facts Labeling Deadline

June 13, 2017

SNAC International has been a leading voice in seeking an adequate amount of time for the food industry to implement the new Nutrition Facts Labeling rules, working with a coalition of food trade organizations to educate lawmakers on Capitol Hill and the Administration about the issue. We released the following statement, commending the Administration for this common-sense move that will save SNAC members time and money, and provide greater clarity to consumers.
 

“SNAC International applauds FDA’s decision to provide additional time for food manufacturers to implement the changes to the Nutrition Facts Panel (NFP). To be clear, our members are committed to improving consumers’ access to nutrition information – but they need adequate time to make these updates, and final guidance from FDA, before they can begin the process of changing their labels. Small and mid-sized family companies – including many of our members – would have been hit the hardest by the previous, unworkable deadline. We are hopeful the new timeline will harmonize the NFP update with the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard labeling rules, which will also impact virtually every food product in the marketplace today. Coordinating these wide-sweeping updates is a common-sense solution that saves time and money and prevents consumer confusion that would undoubtedly arise with back-to-back labeling changes.”