Last week, the Obama Administration released its Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions, which provides details on regulatory activities under development throughout the federal government. According to the Unified Agenda, FDA is planning on issuing Notices of Proposed Rulemakings related to nutrition labeling and serving sizes in the first quarter of 2013. The details of these planned releases can be located using the following links.
Title: Food Labeling; Revision of the Nutrition and Supplement Facts Labels
Abstract: FDA is proposing to amend the labeling regulations for conventional foods and dietary supplements to provide updated nutrition information on the label to assist consumers in maintaining healthy dietary practices. If finalized, this rule will modernize the nutrition information found on the Nutrition Facts label, as well as the format and appearance of the label.
Title: Food Labeling: Serving Sizes of Foods That Can Reasonably Be Consumed in One Eating Occasion; Dual Column Labeling; and Modifying the Reference Amounts Customarily Consumed
Abstract: FDA is proposing to amend its labeling regulations for foods to provide updated Reference Amounts Customarily Consumed (RACCs) for certain food categories. If finalized, this rule would provide consumers with nutrition information based on the amount of food that is customarily consumed, which would assist consumers in maintaining healthy dietary practices. In addition to updating certain RACCs, FDA is also considering amending the definition of single-serving containers and providing for dual-column labeling, which would provide nutrition information per serving and per container, for certain containers.