Final guidance issued for added sugars
FDA has issued a final guidance to provide clarity on the labeling of added sugars for single-ingredient packages or containers of pure honey, maple syrup and other single ingredient sugars and syrups as a result of a requirement contained in the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (Pub. L. 115-334), known as the Farm Bill.
Single-ingredient products, such as pure honey and maple sugar, are not required to declare the number of grams of added sugars in a serving of the product on the nutrition facts label but must still include the percent of daily value (DV) for added sugars.
Certain dried cranberry products and cranberry beverages must still declare added sugars in grams and declare the percent DV for added sugars. FDA states in the guidance its intent to exercise enforcement discretion by allowing the use of a symbol immediately following the added sugars percent DV declaration that leads to a statement outside the nutrition facts label to explain that sugars are added to improve the palatability of naturally tart cranberries.
FDA is giving these manufacturers enforcement discretion until July 1, 2021, to comply. For more information, visit www.fda.gov.