For years, many consumers criticized how food manufacturers labeled their products. Opponents of bland, often vague labels wanted more information so they could make healthier decisions when shopping.
Eventually their voices were heard, and the federal government enacted a number of revisions to the Nutritional Labeling and Education Act, which went into effect in 1990.
Now companies need to comply with these changes, which include:
- Larger type face.
- Updated serving size
- Added sugars.
- Percentage amounts declared to nutrients.
- New footnotes.
For companies that aren't sure how to make the transition from old to new, Marsha Frydrychowski of Resource Label Group provided a few tips:
- Begin designing new label layouts and figure out costs.
- Appeal the elimination of trans fat in food immediately.
- Begin keeping more detailed records of new nutrients that need to be included on label.
Here are some other ways to make the transition:
1. Communicate consistently with your team: While companies still have time to implement these new labeling regulations, they can't become complacent. They must keep employees in the loop throughout the entire process and ensure they stay updated on any new state or federal regulatory process.
2. Work with the right printing company: You'll want to make sure the label printing company can print your labels accurately and on time.
3. Be upfront with customers: Some customers may not be aware of the new labeling regulations. By reaching out to them well before the labeling transition deadline, you can avoid backlash and confusion. This may reduce the chance consumers overload your customer service lines or even return items.
The last thing you want to do is make poor decisions during the transition process. Taking the correct steps is easy, and it's critical that managers take the time to ensure they're communicating and working with the right parties.
If you're wondering how you can better comply with new U.S. food labeling standards, contact us today.