FDA has released draft guidance on nutrition and supplement facts labels. The questions and answers are related to the compliance date, added sugars and declaration of quantitative amounts of vitamins and minerals.

The guidance is being released for comment purposes. It provides information on topics related to compliance with the final rule entitled Food Labeling: Revision of the Nutrition and Supplement Facts Labels (81 FR 33742).

In addition to the information on labeling materials and ingredients, the draft guidance provides information on proper formatting and style for the new nutrition facts label.

The guidelines are not legally enforceable. They are designed to provide insight into FDA’s thinking on how to comply with regulations and should only be viewed as recommendations, unless specific requirements are cited. The guidelines can be viewed on FDA’s website under Guidance Documents & Regulatory Information by Topic. (http://www.fda.gov/downloads/Food/GuidanceRegulation/GuidanceDocumentsRegulatoryInformation/UCM535372.pdf)