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Nutrition Label Rounding

The following table provides rounding rules for declaring nutrients on the nutrition label or in labeling:

 
Nutrient Increment Rounding Insignificant Amount
Calories
Calories from Fat
Calories from Saturated Fat
< 5 cal - express as 0
≤50 cal - express to nearest 5 cal increment
> 50 cal - express to nearest 10 cal increment
< 5 cal
Total Fat
Saturated Fat
Trans Fat
Polyunsaturated Fat
Monounsaturated Fat
< .5 g - express as 0
< 5 g - express to nearest .5g increment
≥5 g - express to nearest 1 g increment
< .5 g
Cholesterol < 2 mg - express as 0
2 - 5 mg - express as "less than 5 mg"
> 5 mg - express to nearest 5 mg increment
< 2 mg
Sodium
Potassium
< 5 mg - express as 0
5 - 140 mg - express to nearest 5 mg increment
> 140 mg - express to nearest 10 mg increment
< 5 mg
Total Carbohydrate
Dietary Fiber
< .5 g - express as 0
< 1 g - express as "Contains less than 1 g" or "less than 1 g"
≥1 g - express to nearest 1 g increment
< 1 g
Soluble and Insoluble Fiber Sugars
Sugar Alcohol
Other Carbohydrate
< .5 g - express as 0
< 1 g - express as "Contains less than 1 g" or "less than 1 g"
≥1 g - express to nearest 1 g increment
< .5 g
Protein < .5 g - express as 0
< 1 g - express as "Contains less than 1 g" or "less than 1 g" or to 1 g if .5 g to < 1 g
≥1 g - express to nearest 1 g increment
< 1 g
When declaring nutrients other than vitamins and minerals that have RDIs as a % DV express to nearest 1% DV increment < 1% DV
Vitamins & Minerals
(express as % DV)
< 2% of RDI may be expressed as:
(1) 2% DV if actual amount is 1% or more
(2) 0
(3) an asterisk that refers to statement
"Contains less than 2% of the Daily
Value of this (these) nutrient(s)"
(4) for Vit A, C, calcium, iron: statement
"Not a significant source of _________
(listing the vitamins and minerals omitted)"

≤10% of RDI - express to nearest 2% DV increment
> 10% - 50% of RDI - express to nearest 5% DV increment
> 50% of RDI - express to nearest 10% DV increment

< 2% RDI
Beta-Carotene
(express as % DV)
≤10% of RDI for vitamin A- express to nearest 2% DV increment
> 10% - 50% of RDI for vitamin A- express to nearest 5% DV increment
> 50% of RDI for vitamin A- express to nearest 10% DV increment
 
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