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The potential of a delay to Nutrition Facts label changes should not slow compliance efforts

Assuming FDA does not delay the deadline for the new Nutrition Fact label as requested by industry, then large companies have slightly more than a year left to overcome challenges associated with added sugar, the new definition of dietary fiber, changes to vitamins and minerals daily values and other time consuming tweaks. 

What exactly does ‘healthy’ mean when it comes to food?

Anyone who's ever walked into a grocery store has seen the various health claims on food items calling certain products "healthy." But what exactly does “healthy” mean — and can you rely on it?

Organic 'greenwashing' prompts push for tighter food labelling laws

Australia's certified organic industry is expected to be worth more than $2 billion by next year but it is fighting to ensure fake organic claims do not damage its reputation.

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It Just Got Easier to Count Calories in Craft Beer

The amount of calories in beers can vary wildly. While a Michelob Ultra boasts a mere 95 calories, the same 12-ounce serving of Sam Adams Boston Lager will set you back 175 calories (two beers I chose because the brands actually list the calories on their website). 

Special Report: Consumers and 'clean' food: Where is the clean label trend going next?

To the casual observer, 'cleaning up' our food sounds like an eminently sensible thing to do. But where is the clean label trend going, and is ditching every ingredient you can't pronounce really the key to fixing the 'broken' food system (as Panera implies in a recent ad) or improving the health of people and the planet?

Dairy's role in clean label snacking

SAVANNAH, GA. — When it comes to clean label and consumer perception, the waters are muddy, said Carrie Schroeder, business development, Kerry.

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Study: Millennials drive the better-for-you snacking trend

Marketers tend to pay a lot of attention to millennials, and with good reason. The demographic includes consumers aged about 18-34, a group that represents about 23.4% of the U.S. population.

Nutrition label readers choose 'better' food

Nutrition label readers are a special bunch. Although they eat pretty much the same amount of food as non-nutrition label readers, they choose better, higher quality foods.

Nutrition Labels May Reduce the Risk of Diabetes

An article recently published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition deduced that there is a negative association between the use of nutrition labels and one’s future risk of diabetes.

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The potential of a delay to Nutrition Facts label changes should not slow compliance efforts

Assuming FDA does not delay the deadline for the new Nutrition Fact label as requested by industry, then large companies have slightly more than a year left to overcome challenges associated with added sugar, the new definition of dietary fiber, changes to vitamins and minerals daily values and other time consuming tweaks. 

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.

FDA’s Rainbow Rules: An Overview of Color Regulations

The FDA regulates ingredients used for color more closely than it does ingredients used for taste, nutrition or other non-color purposes.

2017 Food trends: Keep it lean and clean

As with anything in the food industry, it is the consumer who ultimately drives trends that retailers pass back up the chain to processors.

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.

What exactly does ‘healthy’ mean when it comes to food?

Anyone who's ever walked into a grocery store has seen the various health claims on food items calling certain products "healthy." But what exactly does “healthy” mean — and can you rely on it?

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.

New FDA nutrition label pleases potato industry

DENVER — Officials of Potatoes USA say new federal Food and Drug Administration guidance adding potassium to nutrition labels should benefit the fresh potato industry.

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.

Nutrition Facts: Health Groups Call For FDA to Keep July 2018 Compliance Date

As our readership is well aware, in May 2016, FDA issued final rules to implement changes to the nutrition and dietary supplement labeling and serving size regulations.

Organic 'greenwashing' prompts push for tighter food labelling laws

Australia's certified organic industry is expected to be worth more than $2 billion by next year but it is fighting to ensure fake organic claims do not damage its reputation.

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.

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

Consumers rely on labels to help them make wise choices about the foods they purchase. But in Canada, change is in the air.

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.

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?

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