We live in a constantly evolving world and today more than ever customers are combing through labels and scrutinizing the foods they are consuming. Companies are now listening with ears wide open to what the concerns are. In the food industry over the past few years there has been two driving forces behind changes in the industry, one is the consumers movement for “clean labels” and the other is the over 20 years in the making labeling reform. Both changes underline the same key concept, transparency. One of the important aspects of transparency is it simply builds trust and gives the food industry more motive than ever to meet consumer demand.
Since the new regulations came out in 2016 one of the most talked about changes deals with the added definition for dietary fiber. Prior to 2016 the FDA did not have an “official” definition which allowed suppliers to base their total dietary fiber amount solely on analytical testing. Since then there have been dramatic updates to the regulations.
The new regulations released in 2016 set many additional labeling requirements for food manufacturers. One of the biggest changes was the “added sugars” requirement now on the Nutrition Facts Panel. more “Added Sugars”