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Multinationals join forces to create nutritional value label

Six major multinationals, including Coca-Cola, Mars and Mondelez, are working on a new label to inform consumers about their products' nutritional value.

USDA announces revision of Nutrition Facts label for meat and poultry

The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is proposing a change to the nutrition labeling requirements for meat and poultry.

Are 'Healthy' Food Labels Out of Date? FDA Holds Public Meeting

The buzzword “healthy” on food labels can offer consumers peace of mind and be marketing gold for brands, but many health experts warn those products might not actually live up to their label.

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Coming clean in baked foods

KANSAS CITY — Achieving a clean label in baked foods may involve removing artificial flavors, colors and preservatives. It also may mean omitting complex multi-syllablic words from the ingredient list or avoiding the use of bioengineered/G.M.O. ingredients.

Food Transparency Movement Driving Changes in Labeling

Recently the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) and the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) announced an initiative to reduce the amount of confusion that consumers experience regarding the “sell by”, “use by” and other date-specific labeling on food packaging. It is also part of an effort to reduce food waste.

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.

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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?

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.

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.

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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. 

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. 

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.

Food Transparency Movement Driving Changes in Labeling

Recently the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) and the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) announced an initiative to reduce the amount of confusion that consumers experience regarding the “sell by”, “use by” and other date-specific labeling on food packaging. It is also part of an effort to reduce food waste.

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.

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.”

Litigation against food companies is increasing, but who benefits?

Food labeled as “healthy,” “natural” or “preservative-free” might attract a consumer’s interest when shopping at their local grocery store. But these labels also attract plaintiffs’ lawyers looking to cash in on different interpretations of those words.

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.

 

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