FDA Final Rule Provides New Supplement Labeling Option

(Wednesday, December 13, 2006) — The FDA has published a final rule that gives dietary supplement manufacturers a new option to present nutrition label information on a "per day" basis. The regulation is effective immediately

The new Daily Value amount and percent "per day" information is a voluntary option, in addition to the mandatory "per serving" information, on labels of supplements that would be consumed more than once per day.

The Federal Register notice that publishes this new final rule is online at: http://www.fda.gov/OHRMS/DOCKETS/98fr/06-9657.pdf. It includes explanations and a sample label to show how the new information would be presented on Supplement Facts labels.

The new final rule, the Federal Register notice says, "gives produces of dietary supplements greater flexibility in how they provide consumers with the 'per day' information."

The rule was first proposed in January 1999, also published in the Federal Register: http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=1999_register&docid=99-564-filed.pdf.

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