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Changing Product Labels Could Drastically Reduce Food Waste

By now, it’s no secret that we waste billions of tons of food every year. There are a lot of factors contributing to our food waste problem, but one that’s easy to fix is the date that companies print on packaged foods.

Food and drink companies to standardise date labels by 2020

The world’s largest food and beverage companies have pledged to standardise food date labels globally by 2020.

The ABCs of GMO Disclosure in the United States

On July 29, 2016, President Obama signed the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Law, establishing a nationwide standard for disclosing the presence of foods and ingredients from genetically engineered (GE) crops.

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A New Food Label Is Coming Soon and It Goes 'Beyond Organic'

Conscious consumers won't have to wait much longer for clear guidance on how to buy food and other products that are not only certified organic, but also certified regenerative.

Gottlieb Tweets New Nutrition Labeling Compliance Date Extension “Closer to 18 Months”

In May 2016, FDA issued final rules to implement changes to the nutrition labeling and serving size regulations. Mandatory compliance with the new nutrition labeling requirements for food products was initially slated for July 26, 2018 (or July 26, 2019 for manufacturers with less than $10 million in annual food sales).

GMA: SmartLabel usage is on track and growing

SmartLabel is gradually gaining consumer acceptance, and information is now available on about 14,000 different food products via QR codes, Julie Savoie, director of industry affairs for the Grocery Manufacturers Association, said earlier this month during a GMA meeting in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, according to Food Business News.

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Nielsen: Organic products are getting cheaper and more accessible

Eighty-eight percent of U.S. households purchased organic food and beverages in the last year, according to Nielsen.

Survey: What does 'natural' mean to consumers?

In order to be considered "natural," food products must be free from preservatives as well as artificial colors, flavors and sweeteners, according to an online survey of 5,175 people from 10 countries by GNT Group.

The Results Are In: Sugar Is Out

42% of adults specifically look for “sugar” on nutritional labels, which is 2.2% higher than in 2006.

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Changing Product Labels Could Drastically Reduce Food Waste

By now, it’s no secret that we waste billions of tons of food every year. There are a lot of factors contributing to our food waste problem, but one that’s easy to fix is the date that companies print on packaged foods.

Strong school nutrition standards, updated Nutrition Facts panel necessary to fight obesity

Long-term efforts and policy changes to promote better nutrition and increase physical activity over the past 15 years have helped stablize and in some cases reduce obesity rates, but proposals to cut funding for obesity prevention programs, weaken school nutrition regulations and delay the updated Nutrition Facts panel could erode this process, according to a new report.

New York City Agrees to Postpone Menu Calorie Counts

New York City has agreed not to move forward with its plan to begin enforcing federal guidelines requiring restaurant chains and retail food outlets to post calorie counts on menus ahead of the government's May 2018 enforcement date.

FDA grants enforcement discretion for the use of UF milk in cheeses

The Food and Drug Administration issued a rule to be published in the Federal Register which grants enforcement discretion for the use and labeling of ultrafiltered milk in all standardized cheeses and related cheese products covered by the federal standards of identity.

USDA Nutrition Facts Rule Placed on “Inactive” List

On January 19, 2017, USDA’s Food Safety & Inspection Service (FSIS) released a proposed rule to revise its nutrition labeling requirements for meat and poultry products to reflect current scientific research and dietary recommendations.

Food and drink companies to standardise date labels by 2020

The world’s largest food and beverage companies have pledged to standardise food date labels globally by 2020.

Draft packaging, labelling and claims standards due by end of the year

India's food regulator will release draft regulations governing packaging, labelling, and advertising and claims in the "next couple of months."

US: FDA promises more menu labeling guidance by year-end

28 Aug 2017 The US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has pledged to provide further guidance on menu labeling requirements by the end of this year to address concerns from the eating-out sector.

How the New Food Waste Policy Could Affect Your Business

The new Food Recovery Act (H.R. 3444) could become the first national food waste policy could have numerous implications for several sectors of the U.S economy.

What will grocery shopping look like in the future?

As consumer values continue to evolve beyond price and convenience, grocers have raced to meet increasingly nuanced demand for healthy, environmentally sustainable and ethically created food. 

The ABCs of GMO Disclosure in the United States

On July 29, 2016, President Obama signed the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Law, establishing a nationwide standard for disclosing the presence of foods and ingredients from genetically engineered (GE) crops.

FDA Approves New Labels for Peanut-Containing Foods

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced new labels for peanut-containing foods suitable for infants, noting that they may reduce the risk of developing an allergy.

Restaurant menus now likely to contain calorie counts by 2018

The Affordable Care Act is intact, Bill de Blasio is on hold, and FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb is on board. That means big restaurants’ menus might yet be required to include calorie counts under federal regulations.

New Food Labeling Health Claim Approved by FDA

Health claims on food have become a tricky business lately, as consumers are now more aware of what they are eating and require more transparency from manufacturers.

Health Canada Proposes Updates to Canada’s Food Guide 

Pursuant to its mandate under the Food and Drugs Act, Health Canada is responsible for setting safety and nutritional quality standards for all foods sold in Canada. 

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