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New labels should reduce food waste

Americans toss out $165 billion worth of food each year, often out of safety concerns fuelled by confusion about the meaning of the more than 10 different date labels used on packages.

U.K. guidelines seek to reduce sugar 20% by 2020

LONDON — The government’s Public Health England (PHE) on March 30 published “Sugar Reduction: Achieving the 20%,” which sets voluntary technical guidelines to cut sugar in nine major food categories by 5% by August 2017 and by 20% by 2020 in an effort to reduce obesity in children up to 18 years of age.

Health Canada proposes ban on partially hydrogenated oils

Health Canada has unveiled proposals to prohibit the use of partially hydrogenerated oils - a key source of harmful trans fats in foods - by summer 2018 (aligning with the US deadline) by adding them to the List of Contaminants and Other Adulterating Substances in Foods.

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Italy proposes €18,000 fine for firms failing to indicate Italian origin

New legislation could require manufacturers to give detailed origin labelling for all pre-packaged food on Italian shelves or face heavy fines — but does the move undermine EU law and would it be effective?

Health and Nutrition Claims Standard, New Zealand and Austria: Urban Food Policy Snapshot

There are four types of messages governed by this law: nutrition content claims, general level health claims, high level health claims, and endorsements. These claims may be placed on food products or used in advertisements for those products.

What to Expect from New Food Labeling Laws in Canada

The Minister of Health believes the new food labeling laws will help Canadians make healthier choices, but do consumers agree?

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Millennials are 'the most health-conscious generation ever,' says report by The Halo Group

From certification seals to romance text to website blog posts, many packaged food and beverage brands put a lot of thought (and resources) into creating convincing nutrition-related arguments to persuade buyers. But among millennials, only 26% of them actually pay attention to these. 

Soda, beer and chips end up in carts — despite shoppers' desire for healthy food

Grocery Headquarters' annual State of the Industry Almanac found that carbonated beverages were the top-selling supermarket category with $10.6 billion in sales, despite the bottled water segment's 8% sales increase. 

Survey reveals consumer confusion about food labels

Modern millennial moms are fortunate to have an abundance of choices when it comes to what they want to feed their young families. This can be seen as both a blessing and a curse because with all of these choices comes a myriad of questions, concerns, doubts and mom guilt.

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Millennials are 'the most health-conscious generation ever,' says report by The Halo Group

From certification seals to romance text to website blog posts, many packaged food and beverage brands put a lot of thought (and resources) into creating convincing nutrition-related arguments to persuade buyers. But among millennials, only 26% of them actually pay attention to these. 

Where in the world is this food from? Traceability initiatives let consumers know

Today’s consumers want to know where their food came from, how it was produced, and be able to follow a product’s journey from farm to fork.

Health Advocates Argue for a Tax on Sugary Drinks in Canada to Save Lives and Healthcare Costs

Twenty-four public health advocates and organizations are calling on the Canadian government to levy a significant tax on manufacturers of sugary drinks to discourage consumption and help fund healthy living initiatives. 

Food giants want to "integrate" portion sizes into UK labels

One of the six food and beverage heavyweights aiming for the introduction of "harmonised" nutrition labels across the EU has said the companies would want to "integrate" information on portion sizes into the labels already used on packaging in the UK.

Can calls for food transparency be answered digitally?

With consumers demanding more transparency, the SmartLabel initiative, launched in late 2015 by the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), is gaining momentum.

Soda, beer and chips end up in carts — despite shoppers' desire for healthy food

Grocery Headquarters' annual State of the Industry Almanac found that carbonated beverages were the top-selling supermarket category with $10.6 billion in sales, despite the bottled water segment's 8% sales increase. 

‘Low content’ claims on food labels may confuse consumers

Food labels that say ‘low salt’ or ‘no fat’ may be misleading, suggests a new study.

Grocery Industry Launches New Initiative to Reduce Consumer Confusion on Product Date Labels

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) In a new industry-wide effort to reduce consumer confusion about product date labels, grocery manufacturers and retailers have joined together to adopt standard wording on packaging about the quality and safety of products.

Sweeteners face international, domestic challenges

DANA POINT, Calif. — U.S. officials need to pay more attention to opposition to sweeteners in international organizations, a representative of the Grocery Manufacturers Association told the International Sweetener Colloquium in Dana Point, Calif., last week.

Honey Groups Urge FDA to Drop “Added Sugars” Labeling Requirement

FDA’s recently published final nutrition facts rule requires a mandatory declaration and a daily value (DV) for “added sugar.”

Survey reveals consumer confusion about food labels

Modern millennial moms are fortunate to have an abundance of choices when it comes to what they want to feed their young families. This can be seen as both a blessing and a curse because with all of these choices comes a myriad of questions, concerns, doubts and mom guilt.

In Age of Sugar Reduction and 'Clean Label,' Sweetner Manufacturers Adapt

"When consumers are asked an open-ended question, 'What are you trying to avoid,' the top three out of four answers are related to a sweetener," Andy Ohmes, global director of high intensity sweeteners at Cargill, told FoodNavigator-USA.

Grocery Industry Clarifies Date Labels to Cut Food Waste

WASHINGTON, DC, February 25, 2017 (ENS) – When shoppers look at their food purchases today they could see any of these warning phrases alerting them when a food is no longer safe to eat: Sell By, Use By, Expires On, Best Before, Better if Used By or Best By … confused yet?

Making Sense of FDA’s New Dual-Column Nutrition Facts Label Requirement for 2-3 Servings

In the United States, the majority of packaged food products can accommodate the standard Nutrition Facts label, making it the most commonly used label format on store shelves.

Nutrition label confusion poses problems for those with diabetes

Diabetes can pose a number of challenges to those with the diagnosis. With a heavy emphasis on foods, content and the impacts of those choices, understanding nutrition labels can be a daunting task. 

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