RL Food Testing Laboratory Urges Food Manufacturers to Start New Mandatory Nutrition Facts Label Changes After Survey Shows 38 Percent of Consumers Don’t Trust Labels

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RL Food Testing Laboratory, Inc. encourages all food manufacturers to implement the Food and Drug Administration’s new mandatory changes to nutrition facts labels as soon as possible to increase consumer trust for their brands and products.

RL Food Testing Laboratory, Inc. is a leading provider of nutrition analysis and FDA-compliant Nutrition Facts Labels for food products intended for sale in the United States.

“The mandatory nutrition facts label changes being required by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are indeed consumer driven, and as a result, shoppers may show a preference for products with the new food label," stated Fonnesbeck.

RL Food Testing Laboratory, Inc., a leading provider of nutrition analysis and FDA-compliant Nutrition Facts Labels for food products intended for sale in the United States, announced today that they are urging food manufacturers and grocers to initiate new mandatory changes to nutrition facts labels as soon as possible after a recent survey found 38 percent of consumers don’t trust food labels. Consumers are now beginning to see the new nutrition labels on some food products and are reacting positively to the changes. Therefore, early compliance may increase the level of a consumer’s trust in a particular food manufacturer’s brand or product.

“It was interesting to see that a recent survey of 3,000 people by the health information website, Healthline, showed that 38 percent of consumers don’t trust food labels,” said RL Food Testing Laboratory’s Registered Dietician and Food Label Expert, Emily Fonnesbeck, RD, CD. “The mandatory nutrition facts label changes being required by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are indeed consumer driven, and as a result, shoppers may show a preference for products with the new food label. In addition, food manufacturers should not delay in initiating the changes because they may be required to alter their marketing and potentially institute reformulations – which can be time-consuming. New regulations may highlight undesired nutrients in products and additional packaging changes may have to be made,” stated Fonnesbeck.

The FDA’s new mandatory changes to the nutrition facts label are required to be implemented by July 26, 2018 by all food manufacturers with more than $10 million in annual sales. Food manufacturers with less than $10 million in annual sales will have until July 26, 2019 to comply. While food manufacturers with less than $10 million in annual sales have until 2019, almost every retailer carrying their products will require a nutrition fact label to meet consumer demand and company policies for that information.

“Food manufacturers overwhelmed by the multiple changes required may want to start with their easiest products first and work from there,” continued Fonnesbeck. “I have noticed, along with many of my colleagues, numerous new food labels on the grocery store shelves – and consumers have told us that they are finding the new nutrition labels much easier to understand.”

RL Food Testing Laboratory, Inc. offers food manufacturers a free consultation to outline the next steps needed to bring their products’ nutrition labels up to compliance. Visit https://rlfoodtestinglaboratory.com or call 877-753-6631 to get started implementing the new mandatory changes to nutrition facts labels.

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