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Adapting to New FDA Rules and Guidelines

In May 2016, the FDA introduced new food and beverage labeling requirements that aim to provide consumers with updated health facts and nutritional information. While flexible packaging companies still have until mid-2018 to fully comply with these changes, it’s important to plan and prepare so you can stay ahead of the curve before it’s too late.

Don’t wait until the last minute – start planning now with these helpful tips.

Understand the key changes

Not only do you need to know what the new FDA rules are, but you should also know which key changes and updates will have the greatest impact on your business.

This will help you prioritize which elements of your packaging need to be addressed first, reducing the number of transitional hitches that may occur.

In addition, each alteration will have a different impact in each industry you’re involved with. From dietary supplements, to dry foods and frozen foods, understanding the key changes and their impact on your industry will help you adapt much more smoothly.

Communicate with your partners

Depending on how large and diverse your packaging efforts are in scope, communicating these new FDA changes with your partners will be one of the more challenging and time-consuming steps you’ll have to take.

As your team adapts to the new rules internally, make sure you communicate early and often with all external team members and packaging partners.

Identify opportunities

With change often comes new opportunities.

If anything, the FDA’s labeling updates might give you a reason to reassess your packaging as a whole, helping you discover new ways to freshen up your brand. If you think it’s time for your packaging to get revamped and refreshed, now’s the perfect time to do so.

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