The FDA announced today that it was delaying implementation of the final rule promulgated in May 2016 that revised regulations governing Nutrition Facts labels on food and dietary supplements.  The rule initially set a general compliance date of July 26, 2018, although manufacturers with annual food sales of less than $10 million were given an additional year to comply.

The Agency announced the postponement of the effective date by revising online guidance by adding a new subsection on compliance dates entitled, “FDA Intends to Extend Compliance Dates for Nutrition Facts Label Final Rules.”  The Guidance now explains that “industry and consumer groups provided the FDA with feedback regarding the compliance dates” and “[a]fter careful consideration, the FDA determined that additional time would provide manufacturers covered by the rule with necessary guidance from FDA, and would help them be able to complete and print updated nutrition facts panels for their products before they are expected to be in compliance.”

The Agency did not elaborate on the new timeframe for implementation, although it did note that “FDA will provide details of the extension through a Federal Register Notice at a later time.”  As discussed here, the rule requires a revamped Nutrition Facts format that would increase the type size of certain nutrition information, require mandatory declarations for “added sugars,” Vitamin D and potassium, impose a new definition of “dietary fiber,” and revise serving sizes for certain food products.  Last month, the Agency announced that it was extending compliance dates for menu labeling requirements from May 2017 to May 2018.

We will continue to monitor for and post updates regarding the new timeframe for implementation as soon as they become available.