New Supplement Facts Label Requirements Call for Adherence and Label Literacy

Washington, D.C.  Due to changes in the American diet and updates in nutrition science, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) mandated new label requirements for foods and dietary supplements. The label changes, ranging from measuring folic acid in micrograms of dietary folate equivalents (DFEs) to including added sugar and its percentage of daily value, were presented by Paula Trumbo, Ph.D., independent consultant, EAS Consulting Group, and former Acting Director, Nutrition Programs Staff, Office of Nutrition and Food Labeling, CFSAN, at last week’s Dietary Supplement Caucus (DSC) luncheon briefing.

Modernizing food and dietary supplement labels is in the best interest of consumers and industry alike. For dietary supplement consumers in particular, supplement facts labels serve as a trusted source of information and provide a consistent way to comprehend a supplement’s nutrient content. For the dietary supplement industry, changing label requirements is an important regulatory action that needs to be adhered to; a lack of compliance can result in FDA enforcement action. 

The nearly 40 attendees viewed examples of efforts to educate consumers on the label changes, including Label Wise, an initiative aimed at educating consumers of the upcoming changes to the supplement facts label. When talking to either constituents or consumers in general, attendees were encouraged to utilize the toolkit of materials available on the Label Wise website (www.BeLabelWise.org).

The educational event, held on July 18, was sponsored by the bipartisan, bicameral Dietary Supplement Caucus with help from trade associations representing the dietary supplement industry—the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA), the Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA), the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), the Natural Products Association (NPA), and the United Natural Products Alliance (UNPA).

 



The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) is the national trade association and voice of the herbal and botanical products industry. AHPA is comprised of nearly 400 domestic and foreign companies doing business as growers, processors, manufacturers, and marketers of herbs and herbal products, including foods, dietary supplements, cosmetics, and non-prescription drugs. Founded in 1982, AHPA's mission is to promote the responsible commerce of herbal products. Website: www.ahpa.org.

The Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA) is the 138-year-old trade association representing the leading manufacturers and marketers of over-the-counter (OTC) medicines and dietary supplements. Every dollar spent by consumers on OTC medicines saves the U.S. healthcare system more than$7, contributing a total of $146 billion in savings each year. CHPA is committed to empowering consumer self-care by preserving and expanding choice and availability of consumer healthcare products. Visit www.chpa.org.

The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), founded in 1973, is a Washington, D.C.-based trade association representing 150+ dietary supplement and functional food manufacturers, ingredient suppliers and companies providing services to those manufacturers and suppliers. In addition to complying with a host of federal and state regulations governing dietary supplements and food in the areas of manufacturing, marketing, quality control and safety, our manufacturer and supplier members also agree to adhere to additional voluntary guidelines as well as to CRN’s Code of Ethics. Visit www.crnusa.org. Follow us on Twitter @CRN_Supplements and LinkedIn

The Natural Products Association (NPA) is the trade association representing the entire natural products industry. We advocate for our members who supply, manufacture and sell natural ingredients or products for consumers. The Natural Products Association promotes good manufacturing practices as part of the growth and success of the industry. Founded in 1936, NPA represents approximately 1,000 members accounting for more than 10,000 locations of retailers, manufacturers, wholesalers and distributors of natural products, including foods, dietary supplements and health/beauty aids. Visit www.npanational.org

The United Natural Products Alliance (UNPA) is an international trade association representing more than 100 leading natural products, dietary supplement, functional food, scientific and technology and related service companies that share a commitment to provide consumers with natural health products of superior quality, benefit and reliability. Founded in Utah in 1992, UNPA was instrumental in the passage of the 1994 Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) and continues to take a leadership position in legislative and regulatory issues and industry best practices. Visit www.unpa.com.

Contacts:

AHPA: Haley Chitty (hchitty@ahpa.org / 301-588-1171 x104) 

CHPA: Lauren Bloomberg (lbloomberg@chpa.org / 202-429-3534)

CRN: Holly Vogtman (hvogtman@crnusa.org / 202-204-7665)

NPA: Justin Bartolomeo (jbartolomeo@hdmk.org / 202-789-4365)

UNPA: Frank Lampe (frank@unpa.com / 720-398-8172)