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Nutritional Labeling and Education Act (NLEA) Requirements (8/94 - 2/95)
Is the policy document adopted?:
United States of America
Type of policy:
Legislation relevant to nutrition
ACKNOWLEDGMENT: Policy information obtained from the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) International
The regulations became effective for health claims, ingredient declarations, and percent juice labeling on May 8, 1993 (percent juice
labeling was subsequently exempted until May 8, 1994). The regulations for nutrition labeling and other provisions became effective on May
8, 1994. However, by an Act of Congress, these provisions do not apply to certain products until after August 8, 1994. (Text excerpt
retrieved from Act)
Fat reduction (total, saturated, trans)
Global database on the Implementation of
Nutrition Action (GINA)
The Nutrition Labeling and Education Act of 1990 (NLEA) provides FDA with specific authority to require nutrition labeling of most foods
regulated by the Agency; and to require that all nutrient content claims (i.e., 'high fiber', 'low fat', etc.) and health claims be consistent
with agency regulations.
WCRF International analysis of how this policy action can promote healthier diets and reduce obesity
This policy action is included in the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) International NOURISHING policy repository as an example
of Mandatory nutrient lists on packaged foods. Producers and retailers are required by law to provide a list of the nutrient content of pre-
packaged food products (with limited exceptions), even in the absence of a nutrition or health claim. The rules define which nutrients
must be listed and on what basis (e.g. per 100g/per serving).
NOURISHING is a Food