Last week, The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the details of its planned delay of rules that will require manufacturers to update nutrition facts labels and serving sizes on food packaging.

Companies will be given an additional 18 months to comply with the rules.

The original date was July 26, 2018, and the new date will be January 1, 2020, for manufacturers with $10 million or more in annual food sales. For manufacturers with $10 million or less in annual food sales, the date has moved from July 26, 2019, to January 1, 2021.

“This extension on the Nutrition Facts label regulation will help ensure that we provide the food industry with guidance to help them modernize their Nutrition Facts labels and that industry has sufficient time to complete and print updated Nutrition Facts labels,” says Scott Gottlieb, FDA commissioner. 

“It’s crucial that we provide clear expectations so that industry can meet them.”

Source: The Hill, 5/3/18, "FDA extends deadline to revamp nutrition facts labels by 18 months"