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FSIS Allows Use of FDA Nutrition Facts Format for Meat and Poultry Labels

USDA’s Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) recently announced that meat and poultry products may use the Nutrition Facts label recently finalized by FDA earlier this year. According to FSIS, meat and poultry producers may utilize FDA’s updated nutrition labeling format “as long as the information on the labels is truthful and not misleading.”

Food industry group wants to delay the Nutrition Facts panel

The food industry is attempting to delay the implementation deadline for the Food and Drug Administration's new Nutrition Facts panel requirements using the appropriations process, sources told Politico.

FDA Publishes Biennial Uniform Compliance Date for 2017-2018 Food Labeling Regulations

As our readership is well aware, FDA periodically announces uniform compliance dates for new food labeling requirements to minimize the economic impact on the food industry of having to respond separately to each change.

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Industry Seeks Harmonization of FDA Nutrition Mandates

Responding to food industry requests to harmonize the compliance dates of upcoming food labeling and nutrition initiatives, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently clarified that the compliance dates are already coordinated to take effect in summer 2018. 

FDA Soliciting Public Comment on 'Healthy'

The FDA at the end of September started the public comment period that may help the agency define the “healthy” nutrient content claim for food labeling purposes.

3 Steps To Help Your Company Prepare for the New FDA Food Label

In May 2016, the FDA released its final rules for the updated food & beverage labels. These changes are revisions to the Nutritional Labeling and Education Act (NLEA) of 1990.

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Future of Nutrition Facts, menu labeling & food safety are unclear under Trump, CSPI says

While President-elect Trump's position on food policy is relatively unclear still, changes to the exhaustively researched and intensely debated Nutrition Facts label, menu labeling rule and food safety regulations could all be on the chopping block under the new administration, warns a top nutrition policy expert. 

How Athletes Read Nutrition Labels

It can be difficult to interpret food labels, especially since athletes tend to have different requirements and restrictions than the rest of the population. But if done right, you’ll find a wealth of information that will help you make better choices with your training diet.

Comments in FDA docket reveals consumers’ shifting perceptions of ‘healthy’

If the FDA's decision to wade into the 'natural' debate seemed like an act of sadomasochism, its decision to re-examine the criteria underpinning 'healthy claims on food labels looks set to be equally painful, judging by the first wave of public comments filled in the docket. 

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Future of Nutrition Facts, menu labeling & food safety are unclear under Trump, CSPI says

While President-elect Trump's position on food policy is relatively unclear still, changes to the exhaustively researched and intensely debated Nutrition Facts label, menu labeling rule and food safety regulations could all be on the chopping block under the new administration, warns a top nutrition policy expert. 

Health star ratings is the world's best food labelling system, say experts

There's confusion, doubt and lack of trust among Australian shoppers about our two-year-old health-star rating system, but experts say it's the world's best. Alexandra Jones from Sydney University said her analysis of 18 front-of-pack nutrition labelling systems used in 50 countries found the health-star rating system was most effective and Australia was on the right path towards improving diets.

Replace and Reduce: Formulating Food and Beverage Products for Today’s Consumers

Over the past two decades, consumers’ food and beverage (F&B) preferences and consumption habits have changed significantly. One of the biggest ongoing trends is the move toward informed consumption: Consumers want more information about the food and beverage products they buy, so they can make educated choices that align to their values and fit their health goals.

Can better nutrition labelling curb Canada’s sugar consumption?

Researchers at the University of Toronto are calling for better nutrition labelling after finding high levels of hidden sugar in the Canadian food supply.

Getting Nutrition Education in the Hands of Health Professionals

(DALLAS, TX) The American Heart Association is introducing the newest in a series of Continuing Medical Education (CME) courses designed to promote healthier habits for Americans. 

How Athletes Read Nutrition Labels

It can be difficult to interpret food labels, especially since athletes tend to have different requirements and restrictions than the rest of the population. But if done right, you’ll find a wealth of information that will help you make better choices with your training diet.

Generic no more: How private label products compete with national brands

Decades ago, private label products were easy to pick out on grocery store shelves. While national brands had colorful packages with pictures and words describing product quality, private label brands were called "generic," with bland packaging and branding. Consumers then often considered private label products to be of inferior quality compared to the national brands they stood next to.

 

Consumers value origin labelling - but not necessarily for processed meat, say researchers

Consumers do value country of origin labelling (COOL) for meat products, say the authors of a recent study, but mostly for unprocessed meat that already has mandatory labelling in the EU. 

Stop-Go Signals Could Help With Food Choices

Researchers from Bonn University in Germany and Ohio State University collaborated to investigate the possibility of aids to change food choices and published their results in the journal Judgment and Decision Making. According to these authors, previous research has identified traffic light (TL) labeling as an effective means of conveying the healthfulness of food products to consumers.

Fast-food calorie labeling unlikely to encourage healthy eating, finds study

Researchers from New York University show why fast-food menu calorie counts do not help consumers make healthy choices in a new study published in the Journal of Public Policy & Marketing.

 

Comments in FDA docket reveals consumers’ shifting perceptions of ‘healthy’

If the FDA's decision to wade into the 'natural' debate seemed like an act of sadomasochism, its decision to re-examine the criteria underpinning 'healthy claims on food labels looks set to be equally painful, judging by the first wave of public comments filled in the docket. 

How meat manufacturers can benefit from the clean label trend

Consumers' interest in "clean label" meat has caused sales growth for those products to outpace that of conventional meat, according to recent Nielsen data.

Presidential candidates talked about many things, but not food policy

If you blinked, you missed it. Food policy has been noticeably absent from the debate and headlines. So why has a political topic that has made major headlines this year — from GMO labeling to Nutrition Facts panel regulations — seemingly been forgotten by the two major party candidates now dominating national news? 

Three steps to plan for the FDA’s new food label rules

In May 2016, the FDA released its final rules for the updated food and beverage labels. These changes are revisions to the National Labeling Education Act (NLEA) of 1990. Most packaging professionals and producers will be required to adhere to the new rules within two years (2018), though producers that earn less than $10 million per year in revenue will have until 2019 to meet the changes.

Opinion: QR codes not a smart move for GMO labeling

In July, President Obama signed into law a bill that for the first time will establish a national standard when it comes to labeling food products containing GMOs. The legislation compels manufacturers to disclose if a product contains genetically modified ingredients through the use of a text label, symbol or electronic code readable by a smartphone such as a QR code.

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