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FDA Public Meeting on Term 'Healthy' in Food Labeling

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Wednesday a public meeting to discuss the use of the term "healthy" in the labeling of food products. The public meeting will be held on March 9 from 8:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. at the Hilton Washington DC/Rockville Hotel, 1750 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Md.

Consider the Source: Nutritional Information Required for FDA Menu Labeling Compliance Must Begin with Reliable Data

Consumer demand for more information about the foods we eat is fueling changes in the foodservice industry, and new menu labeling requirements will help to bring some of that information to restaurant customers. With the regulatory deadline fast approaching, that leaves operators with a lot of work to do, and time is running short.

Newly redesigned Nutrition Facts label rolled out

As mandated by the Food and Drug Administration, the latest version of the redesigned Nutrition Facts label was unveiled Monday by RL Food Testing Laboratory, according to a company release emailed to Food Dive. The California-based food labeling company worked with the FDA in developing the new label.

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Ranchers look for some traction on country-of-origin labeling

As individual actions, they might not mean much. Collectively, they say Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL) is not going away anytime soon. Two states known for their cowboys, Wyoming and South Dakota, have seen early introduction of COOL bills in their legislatures, respectively, in Cheyenne and Pierre.

How grocers should approach the new Nutrition Facts label

The FDA's Nutrition Facts Label regulations, first published last May, affect all packaged food products and require retailers and manufacturers to make necessary updates by July 2018 — though it's possible that the Trump administration may extend the deadline, according to Supermarket News.

Viewpoint: Implementing the Nutrition Facts Label

Last May, the FDA published its final rules for the new Nutrition Facts Label, affecting every packaged food item. The new regulation requires all packaging changes to be completed by July 2018. 

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Sugar-reduction efforts pick up steam ahead of update to Nutrition Facts panel

Food and beverage brands of all sizes and across categories are scrambling to reduce sugar in their products before FDA regulations mandating they indicate added and total sugar on the Nutrition Facts panel goes into effect in July 2018, according to product development consultancy Imbibe. 

Could legislation ease menu labeling burdens for grocers?

The Shelby Report writes that two major food industry trade groups, the National Grocers Association and the Food Marketing Institute, are supporting a bipartisan bill that would further clarify the menu labeling program set forth by the Food and Drug Administration.

FDA’s Rules for Dietary Fiber Are “Unreasonably Restrictive,” Associations Say

In public comments released today in response to FDA’s recent draft guidance on dietary fiber, two industry associations told the agency that the agency’s criteria for what is considered a dietary fiber are too stringent. Both the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN; Washington, DC) and the Natural Products Association (NPA; Washington, DC) urged FDA to reconsider its approach to defining a dietary fiber.

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Sugar-reduction efforts pick up steam ahead of update to Nutrition Facts panel

Food and beverage brands of all sizes and across categories are scrambling to reduce sugar in their products before FDA regulations mandating they indicate added and total sugar on the Nutrition Facts panel goes into effect in July 2018, according to product development consultancy Imbibe. 

Exercise labels are more effective than standard nutrition info for healthy eating, say researchers

'Exercise labels' that say how much physical activity is needed to burn off the calories in food are significantly more effective in encouraging healthy eating than standard nutrition information, according to a new study. 

Here comes sugar, packagers

Changes to packaged food labels and product formulations are already resulting, but now public awareness might also increase.

Two-thirds of packaged foods, drinks in Canada have added sugars, study says

THURSDAY, Jan. 12, 2017 -- Two-thirds of packaged foods and beverages in Canada contain at least one added sugar, a new study shows.

Sweetening dairy products naturally

KANSAS CITY — Sweet tastes good. Unfortunately, consuming too much of traditional caloric-carbohydrate ingredients that taste sweet may have negative health implications.

Could legislation ease menu labeling burdens for grocers?

The Shelby Report writes that two major food industry trade groups, the National Grocers Association and the Food Marketing Institute, are supporting a bipartisan bill that would further clarify the menu labeling program set forth by the Food and Drug Administration.

Decline in sugary drink consumption stalls, CDC finds

For years, the U.S. Dietary Guidelines urged Americans to drink less sugary beverages. And for years, many Americans listened. But after a decade of falling consumption, rates have stalled at well above the recommended limit, according to statistics released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Why grocers and food brands need to create their own 'clean label' definitions

According to the Flavors of North America (FONA) 2017 Trend Insight Report, 64% of shoppers prefer foods that are minimally processed, and 54% look for food and beverage products with few and recognizable ingredients.

Grocery Tracker: Clean Labels

It’s first and foremost a numbers game in this week’s Grocery Tracker as we take a look at how the first few weeks of the new year have (or haven’t) affected the stock values of some of the nation’s largest publicly traded supermarket chains.

New active food label combats food fraud and boosts consumer confidence

With food safety and traceability issues increasingly in the spotlight, a Bristol technology company has come up with an innovative label to provide consumers with detailed information about where their food comes from and how it has been processed.

FDA’s Rules for Dietary Fiber Are “Unreasonably Restrictive,” Associations Say

In public comments released today in response to FDA’s recent draft guidance on dietary fiber, two industry associations told the agency that the agency’s criteria for what is considered a dietary fiber are too stringent. Both the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN; Washington, DC) and the Natural Products Association (NPA; Washington, DC) urged FDA to reconsider its approach to defining a dietary fiber.

The clean label trend is rising in retail bakeries

Many supermarket bakery departments are simplifying their ingredients list and removing fats and hydrogenated oils from their recipes, according to Supermarket News.

 

Traffic-light and numeric calorie labels cut calorie consumption by 10 Percent, research shows

Imagine you’re ordering lunch from your favorite online delivery spot, and just before submitting your order, you notice that the club sandwich in your cart is marked with a red stop light signifying high calorie content.

What will the Trump administration mean for the food industry?

When Donald Trump becomes the 45th president on Friday, some of his priorities will be clear. But what his priorities and plans are for the food industry is not yet clear. 

Consumers emphasizing ingredients when it comes to food labels

For years, health advocates have urged the public to read the ingredients and ignore the marketing. For years, consumers have ignored the health advocates.

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