FDA’s Added Sugar Regulation

FDA's added sugar label

A new line item for added sugars on the Nutrition Facts panel is required by the FDA beginning 2018.

The FDA has updated the information required on the Nutrition Facts panel. Manufacturers with over $10 million in sales must implement it by July 26, 2018. Smaller companies will have an extra year to comply.

One key item is that “added sugars,” in grams and as percent Daily Value, will be required to be listed on the panel. The reasoning behind this is that “Scientific data shows that it is difficult to meet nutrient needs while staying within calorie limits if you consume more than 10 percent of your total daily calories from added sugar, and this is consistent with the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

The question then becomes, how does the FDA define “added sugars”?

“The definition of added sugars includes sugars that are either added during the processing of foods, or are packaged as such, and include sugars (free, mono- and disaccharides), sugars from syrups and honey, and sugars from concentrated fruit or vegetable juices that are in excess of what would be expected from the same volume of 100 percent fruit or vegetable juice of the same type. The definition excludes fruit or vegetable juice concentrated from 100 percent fruit juice that is sold to consumers (e.g. frozen 100 percent fruit juice concentrate) as well as some sugars found in fruit and vegetable juices, jellies, jams, preserves, and fruit spreads.”

FDA goes on to recommend “For industry and those interested in the more technical version of the definition, please consult page 33980 of the Nutrition Facts Label Final Rule.”

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