May 9, 2014
On April 28, 2014 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published a final rule (the Rule), prohibiting statements on food product labels and dietary supplement labels that claim products are “high in,” “rich in,” or an “excellent source of” the omega-3 fatty acids docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), as well as some such claims for alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). The Rule will affect hundreds of product categories, requiring costly labeling changes that must be made by January 1, 2016, which is the uniform compliance date for food labeling rules issued between January 1, 2013 and December 31, 2014. Product inventory manufactured through December 31, 2015 will not be affected by this new Rule.

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