What Do the New Dietary Guidelines & Nutrition Facts Label Mean for Our Industry?

What Do the New Dietary Guidelines & Nutrition Facts Label Mean for Our Industry?

Watson announces Roundtable Discussions at the 2016 IFT Food Expo


West Haven CT – Watson Inc. is proud to announce a roundtable discussion to be held at the IFT Food Expo in Chicago, Illinois.  The title of the roundtable is “What Do the New Dietary Guidelines & Nutrition Facts Label Mean for Our Industry?”  The discussion will be held in a meeting room at the Watson booth on the IFT show floor.  Leading the discussion will be Alice Wilkinson, Vice President of Innovation at Watson.

Alice WilkinsonIn the roundtable, Wilkinson will cover topics including the 2015 – 2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, issued by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and U.S. Department of Agriculture in January of this year.  Wilkinson will also review the changes to the Nutrition Facts Label, which include updated daily values for nutrients like dietary fiber, phosphorus, and vitamin D, consistent with Institute of Medicine recommendations and the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Daily values are reference amounts of nutrients to consume and are used to calculate the % DV that manufacturers include on their labels.

Wilkinson will also detail the change in units of measure.  International Units (IU) will no longer be used for for Vitamin A, D, and E. These will be replaced with mcg and mg. The Institute of Medicine (IOM) Labeling Committee recommended this change in order to be consistent with the new Dietary Reference Intake reports.

Other topics discussed in this roundtable will include new mandatory label nutrients, such as choline, and changes to serving sizes.  The goal of the roundtable will be to help manufacturers in the planning process, and ensure that they are ready to reformulate if necessary. The change in daily values will affect the ability of the manufacturer to make nutrient claims. In order to be considered a “good source”, the product needs to contain 10-19% DV of that nutrient.  Now that the daily values are changing, some products might not be eligible to continue making the same claims without reformulation.

Additional information on these events and registration can be found on the Watson website at this link http://info.watson-inc.com/ift-2016

About Watson:

Watson is one of the highest quality suppliers of products and services geared towards enhancing human health and nutrition around the world. We are a leader in developing quality products and innovative ingredient systems for the food and supplement industries. Expertise in custom nutrient premixes, microencapsulation, agglomeration, micronizing, spray drying, and film technology allows us to develop unique formulations and products using Watson manufactured value-added ingredients. For more information on Watson, see www.watson-inc.com.


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