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Plastic sodium, total carbohydrate, dietary fiber, sugars, protein, and four vitamins and minerals. In addition, certain non-mandatory nutrients may be included. The actual amount of each nutrient present in a serving is listed beside the nutrient. In the right-hand column, the amount of the nutrient is expressed as "% Daily Value," which shows how a food fits into a 2,000-calorie reference diet.

Daily Values Footnote. The daily values table at the bottom of the nutrition label presents the reference numbers used to calculate the % daily value. These numbers reflect current recommendations for health maintenance and disease prevention. They are provided at two calories levels and remain the same for all labels. On smaller packages and packages qualifying for the simplified format, this information may be omitted.

Calorie Conversion Footnote. Calorie conversions assist in calculating the percentage of calories from carbohydrate, protein, and fat. This feature is now optional.

Mandatory Design Elements

The regulations dictate a number of mandatory design elements that must be followed for all the nutrition facts layouts.

Hairline Box. The nutrition facts information must be set off from other printed material by a hairline box. The regulations are very precise on this point. No other information may be enclosed within the box. The box must be in the same color ink used for the type.

Typesetting. The type must be set in a single, easy-to-read type style. Helvetica is the recommended font; however, any sans serif type is permissible. Upper- and lowercase letters must be used. Minimum type sizes are specified for each component of the label.

The nutrients must be separated by 4 points of leading. All other text must be separated by at least 1 point of leading.

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