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What information is required an a food package that is less that 12 square inches?

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The U.S. Food and Drug requires that all foods, with the exception of raw produce, meat and fish, list the serving size, total calories, calories from fat, a nutritional breakdown and percent daily values for each of the food's listed nutrients. As of 2014, the size of the food's packaging does not trigger any differences in the labeling requirements, but the FDA has proposed new labeling requirements.

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What information is required an a food package that is less that 12 square inches?
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In 2014, the FDA proposed changes to the way that some packages are labeled, primarily those containing multiple servings. The actual physical dimensions of the packaging are not of importance, and the proposed changes are meant to reflect the way that the average American actually consumed a food.

The proposed changes require larger packages, such as 20-ounce soda bottles or candy bars, that list multiple servings to be re-listed as a single serving with the package's total calorie count if the food is commonly consumed in one sitting. Foods sold in packages that are consumed in one or multiple sittings would require a dual label that lists the nutritional facts for the entire package and a smaller single serving.

The FDA is also proposing changes in the design of labels to emphasize serving sizes and calorie contents, as well as a new footnote that better explains the meaning of percent daily values.

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