There will no longer be a need to list pure honey, maple syrup, agave syrup as well as other sugars, which are being sold as individual ingredients, as added sugar on the Nutrition Facts Label, as per a new FDA guideline.
The FDA initially had suggested a proposal that sugar should be listed in a pure maple syrup or honey jar as gram amount of sugar added. However, the stakeholders argued on the fact that such a proposal would incorrectly mean that granulated sugar or any other sugars may have been included. But in the final guideline, the FDA informed that it would exclude single ingredient jars of pure sugars like maple syrup, honey etc from having the words ‘includes Xg added sugars’ printed on them. However, the agency did say that such products should still include the %DV (Daily Value) for added sugar on their panel.
The brands would also have the choice to use a symbol right next to %DV in order to help the reader get an idea about the grams of added sugar they would be consuming in 1 serving of that product as well as its contribution towards the %DV for added sugar in their diet.
Furthermore, dried cranberry beverages and products must still continue to include the gram amount of added sugar as well as %DV for sugar added, the FDA said.