A new information panel, "Supplement Facts," now required on the labels of dietary supplements as part of implementation of the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994, will provide consumers with more complete information. The labeling is also required to provide a complete list of ingredients and a statement of identity using the terms "dietary supplement" or a term identifying the contents of the product, such as "vitamin C supplement" or "herbal supplement."
The "Supplement Facts" panel will provide information such as the quantity of specific nutrients in vitamin and mineral products and the part of the plant used in herbal products. It will be similar in format to the "Nutrition Facts" panel that appears on most processed foods. Specifically, the panel will show (a) the manufacturer's suggested serving size; (b) information on nutrients when they are present in significant levels, such as vitamins A and C, calcium, iron, and sodium, and the percent daily value where a reference has been established—similar to nutrients listed in the "Nutrition Facts" panel on food labels; and (c) all other dietary ingredients present in the product, including botanicals and amino acids, for which no daily value has been established. These "other dietary ingredients" that do not have recommendations for daily consumption are listed beneath a bar and are to be identified as having no recommendations for consumption.
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