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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.

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."

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.

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FDA too busy with 'competing priorities' to weigh into plant milk debate

The FDA has finally weighed into the debate over labeling conventions in plant-based foods and beverages, but only in the form of a letter to the Good Food Institute (GFI) explaining that it hasn't had time to address its petition on this topic owing to 'competing priorities.'

Can A Clean Label Help You Achieve Brand Love?

We are in the midst of a food renaissance. Food is no longer just an aspect of our individual lives; it's increasingly a central part of our culture.

Italy to extend country of origin labelling to tomato products

The Italian ministry of agriculture declared its intention on Monday (4 September) to include the origin of primary ingredients on the labels of tomato-based products, drawing criticism from the European food and drink industry for “undermining the EU single market for food.”

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Stealth reformulation of private label food can cut calories, study finds

'Silent' product reformulation, where own-brand food products are modified without explicitly making the consumer aware, may be effective in reducing calorie consumption, say Danish researchers.

Demand for clean labels varies by generation, Nielsen study finds

Sales of conventional products are declining, while those advertising themselves as being simple, clean, sustainable and free of artificial ingredients are on the rise, according to recent Nielsen analysis.

Can We Bring Meaning Back to the Term ‘Natural Foods’?

Over the past several years, the term “natural” has appeared on everything from cereal bars containing as much sugar as candy to oats boasting the “all-natural” unlisted ingredient of glyphosate herbicide. These “natural foods” are anything but, but this begs the question: what does “natural” really mean when it comes to food?

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7 Ways to Leverage the FDA Nutrition Facts Label Update to Your Advantage

Follow these 7 steps to turn the required Nutrition Facts Update redesign into a consumer-pleasing recipe for packaging success.

Clean Labeling: An Opportunity to Reconcile with the Past and Refocus on What Consumers Really Want

Boomers, Millennials, Gen Z. Across generations and demographics, there’s no doubt of the collective shift in attitude people are demonstrating when it comes to healthy lifestyle choices. 

5 Steps to Enable Your Brand to Gain Control of the Digital Shelf

To get your share of a rapidly expanding e-commerce market, you need to provide customers with an online experience that’s as true as possible to the product they choose at the physical store shelf. 

Larger serving sizes on food packs could reduce intake & fight obesity

Larger serving sizes on a food’s packaging encourage people to eat less, US researchers have found, as consumer groups in Europe put pressure on policymakers to help food manufacturers set realistic portion sizes.

How the FDA's Proposed Food Labeling Regulation Can Deepen Brand Meaning

For the first time in nearly 20 years, the FDA is proposing updates to its iconic Nutrition Facts label, giving manufacturers and brand owners a valuable opportunity to educate consumers and refresh and grow their brands.

FDA modernizes Nutrition Facts label for packaged foods

Refreshed design and relevant information will help consumers make healthy food choices.

How to Adapt to Consumers' Need for Greater Transparency: 3 Brands Doing it Right

For the first time in nearly 20 years, the FDA is proposing updates to its iconic Nutrition Facts label, giving manufacturers and brand owners a valuable opportunity to educate consumers and refresh and grow their brands.

A Golden Opportunity: How to Leverage New Label Regulations to Optimize E-Commerce Content

U.S. and European regulatory bodies are handing brand owners a prime opportunity to grow their brands.

Senate Panel Advances Bill Blocking State GMO Labeling Rules

A Senate panel voted Tuesday to advance legislation that would block states from imposing labeling requirements for genetically modified foods.

FDA to Redefine What 'Healthy' Food Really Means

How is it possible a sugary cereal could be considered healthy but not almonds, avocados and salmon?

6 Steps to Leverage the FDA's Nutrition Facts Panel Update

Smart brands know that the root cause of the nutrition facts panel update is not political. It’s consumer-driven. There’s a groundswell need for greater transparency and education surrounding the food industry.

FDA Delaying Enforcement (Again) for Menu Labeling Final Rule

The FDA issued a statement on March 9 indicating that, as a result of language in the Omnibus Appropriations Bill enacted December 18, 2015, it is delaying enforcement of the Nutrition Labeling of Standard Menu Items in Restaurants and Similar Retail Food Establishments Final Rule.