The food industry had a reprieve from the January 1, 2020 date to implement the new Nutrition Facts panel along with its added sugar labeling. FDA had granted the extension by saying it would not take enforcement action for six months. The delay, requested by the food industry, indicates manufacturers are struggling with implementation issues. Requirements surrounding added sugar labeling have proved more complex than first thought. This presentation reviews the finalized FDA rulings on what foods and ingredients do and do not need to be included as added sugars, what subtle factors need be considered and where confusion may still exist. Lastly, a quick look was taken at the variety of terms for sugars and certain other affected ingredients with an eye toward roles they may play in communicating to consumers.
-Lauren Swann, MS, RD, LDN, CEO, President, Concept Nutrition, Inc. is speaking on “Added Sugar Labeling Update” for the 2020 Sweeteners System Conference.