The nutrition label is a critical piece of information for consumers when making purchasing decisions, but for food manufacturing companies, the label is much more than calories and an ingredient list. Although changes to food labeling requirements are infrequent, when changes are made, they can be substantial. Companies need to know how to make a nutrition label and be aware of any regulatory changes to reduce any negative impact an inaccurate label can incur such as fines, recalls, wasted materials, or negative consumer perception.
Over the last five years, the United States (U.S.) and Canada have been in a transition period to give the food and beverage industry time to implement changes introduced in 2016 to nutrition fact labels. The U.S. deadline was January 1, 2021, and the deadline for Canada is December 14, 2022. Meanwhile, Mexico recently announced changes and are currently in a transition period that ends October 1, 2025. It is important that the food manufacturers pay attention to the requirements for all three North American countries because there are a lot of similarities and slight differences between the nutrition labeling regulations. Food manufacturers must comply with labeling requirements in any areas their product is sold.
To learn more about the changes made to the nutrition label in the US, download the Navigating Food Labeling Requirements eBook.
TEKLYNX advanced barcode labeling solution, CODESOFT, helps companies easily create, manage, and update nutrition fact labels. With the help of nutrition label templates, companies can establish their nutrition fact label and select the correct data directly in the software to print accurate labels in accordance with the varying nutrition labeling requirements where products are being sold. TEKLYNX also offers sample nutrition fact labels for companies to leverage to jumpstart the process!
Download a free 30-day trial to start creating and managing your nutrition fact labels with CODESOFT barcode label software.
Travis Wayne is the Product Manager at TEKLYNX. Travis applies his 20+ years of IT and health sciences experience to empower businesses to streamline operations and barcode better by applying software and technology. He works to continually improve TEKLYNX' strategic planning, product and project management principles, and cross-functional communications. When not working, he enjoys many outdoor activities with his wife and two children.
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