Beginning January 1, 2020, you may notice something different on food packages. To reflect new scientific information and the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, the FDA published final rules on a new format for the Nutrition Facts label. The changes to the food label are intended to help consumers make more healthful food decisions by highlighting certain details and nutrients. Food manufacturers with more than $10 million in revenue are required to implement the new label by January 1, 2020, while manufacturers with less than $10 million in revenue have until January 1, 2021. However, you may have already seen the new format on some food packages. Here is a quick overview on the new and improved nutrition facts label (reference image above):


1. Servings: The number of “servings per container” and “serving size” has increased to reflect what people actually eat and drink. For example, a serving size of ice cream was previously ½ cup but is changing to 2/3 cup. For packages that contain one serving (like a 20-ounce soda), the calories and nutrients will reflect amounts in one container since the food or drink is usually consumed in one serving. The font is also in larger and bolder type.
2. Calories: The amount of calories is highlighted in larger and bolder font.
3. Fats: “Calories from fat” has been removed. This is because research has shown that the type of fat consumed, rather than the amount, is more important to overall health.
4. Added Sugars: “Added Sugars” in grams and as a percent daily value (%DV) is now required. Added sugars is any sugar added during processing and includes natural sources like honey, maple syrup and sugar from fruit juice.
5. Nutrients: The lists of nutrients included on the nutrition facts panel has changed to reflect the nutrients that Americans do not get enough of. The nutrients featured include potassium, vitamin D, calcium and iron. Vitamin C and vitamin A values are no longer required. The daily value of these nutrients have been updated based on more current scientific data. The nutrient values must be reported in both gram amounts and percent daily value. Manufacturers can report values of additional nutrients if they choose.
6. Footnote: The footnote on the bottom of the label has changed to better describe the meaning of “percent daily value” (%DV).

Image Source: FDA

One fact to note is only companies governed by FDA are required to implement the new nutrition facts panel format while those governed by USDA are not required to implement the new label. Therefore, you may notice that all Pilgrim’s Products may not transition to the new label on the same timeline since Pilgrim’s is regulated by the USDA.

You can find all of our K-12 product information and fact sheets with nutrition information at Goldkist.com.

References and Resources

U.S. Food and Drug Administration. “Changes to the Nutrition Facts Label.” November 2017.