Units of measurement changed only for folate, niacin, vitamin A, vitamin D, and vitamin E. FDA offered the following overview:
- Folate: The unit of measurement was changed from micrograms to micrograms dietary folate equivalents (mcg DFE).
- Vitamins A and D: Labels must declare units of measure using micrograms (mcg) rather than international units (IU).
- Niacin: The unit of measurement changed from milligrams (mg) to milligrams Niacin Equivalents (mg NE) but will still be labeled as mg.
- Vitamin E: The unit of measurement was changed from IUs to mg alpha (α) tocopherol but can be labeled as mg.
Related: Adherence and Label Literacy Key with New Supplement Facts Labels CRN Launches “Label Wise” CampaignFDA also explained that the compliance date for these and other changes related to the Nutrition Facts and Supplement Facts labels is January 1, 2020, for manufacturers with $10 million or more in annual food sales. Manufacturers with less than $10 million in annual food sales have an extra year to comply.
More details can be foundhere.
FDA also said the Agency intends to exercise enforcement discretion to give manufacturers of single-ingredient sugars such as honey and maple syrup, and certain cranberry products, until July 1, 2021, to comply. For those seeking more information on syrups and sugars, FDA updated itsQuestions and Answers to include two new questions--- one on how sugars and syrups that contain two or more ingredients must be labeled and one on the use of the linear display for a package of a single-ingredient sugar or syrup.