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Changes That Matter to You

The Food and Drug Administration’s New Nutrition and Supplement Facts Labels

Saldanha, Leila, PhD, RD, FAND

doi: 10.1097/NT.0000000000000310
CE Article

The new labeling regulations announced by the US Food and Drug Administration in 2016 that go into effect in 2020 will impact on the label and labeling Daily Values (DVs) of almost all packaged food and beverage labels, and 52% of dietary supplement labels. The article summarizes the important implications of these revisions for health professionals, industry, and consumers. The revised DVs express the levels of nutrients in percentages on the label versus a Dietary Reference Intake standard, and these percentages differ from those on the older labels. The number of vitamin and minerals with DVs on the label has increased from 19 to 27. Recommended amounts and the units in which they are expressed reflect the Dietary Reference Intake recommendations given in recent National Academies reports.

Leila Saldanha, PhD, RD, FAND, is a scientific consultant at the Office of Dietary Supplements, National Institutes of Health. Her current research interest is analyzing labels in the Dietary Supplement Label Database.

This article is based on a presentation the author gave in April 2018 at the 2018 DC Metro Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Annual Meeting in Washington, DC.

The views expressed here are not the official views of the National Institutes of Health.

The author has no conflicts of interest to disclose.

Correspondence: Leila Saldanha, 6100 Executive Blvd, Rm 3B01, MSC 7517, Bethesda, MD 20892-7517 (

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