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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.

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.

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.

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Clarity needed in clean labeling

NEW YORK — The “why” and “how” behind a product have become as important as the product itself, according to new research from the Nielsen Co. 

Snack companies may label macadamia health benefits following FDA approval

The labeling of macadamia nuts' health benefits, including reducing the risk of coronary heart disease, may appear on snack packaging having received FDA approval, said Royal Hawaiian Macadamia Nut.

Manufacturers reformulate with sugar as consumers sour on corn syrup

The U.S. Department of Agriculture finds the consumption of sweeteners, including sugar and corn syrup, is down 15% during the past 17 years, according to Bloomberg. The decline, however, is attributed almost entirely to the collapse of corn syrup.

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Digital GMO disclosure faces significant but manageable challenges, USDA study

Food and beverage manufacturers must work with the government and other stakeholders to overcome significant, but not insurmountable, challenges if they want to use QR codes or other digital technology to convey when products include genetically modified ingredients, according to research released earlier this month by the US Deparment of Ariculture.

Nutrition density on food labes could boost healthy choices — research

Researchers have suggested that the addition of Nutrient Rich Food Indices to food labels could help consumers make healthier purchasing decisions.

'Smart label' could tackle fraud, bolster food safety

Scientists have developed what they describe as a "low-cost, portable, paper-based sensor" that can be used to produce "smart labels" that detect food spoilage and contamination.

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US Consumers favour country-of-origin labelling

Almost nine out of 10 US consumers are in favour of country-of-origin labelling for fresh meat, according to a recent survey.

Study: Nearly all consumers find transparency in food and beverage important

Consumers are overwhelmingly interested in more transparency in food products, according to a new study from Response Media.

Study: How health factors into consumer decisions

WASHINGTON — In its 2017 Food & Health Survey, the International Food Information Council (IFIC) seeks to outline the health beliefs and behaviors of U.S. consumers regarding food.

Sodium in Packaged Foods Drops Over 15-Year Period in US Households

The amount of salt in packaged foods and drinks purchased in the United States has been steadily decreasing, according to a study that tracked household sodium over a 15-year period.


Study: Nearly 4% of Americans suffer from food allergies

A new study found about 4% of Americans suffer from food allergies and intolerances, the most common of which are allergies to shellfish such as fish and lobster, according to Health Day.

Syngenta Settles Farmer's Contamination Suit Ahead of Trial

Syngenta AG reached a confidential settlement with a Nebraska farmer who claimed the company mishandled marketing of its genetically modified seed, causing U.S. corn prices to plummet.

Confusing Ingredients Lead People To Pay More For Less-Daunting Food, Study Finds

CHICAGO — What the heck is maltodextrin? Simply not understanding the ingredients in a food product may lead a consumer to purchase a more expensive and easily identifiable option, a new study finds.

Survey: A majority of consumers are confused by food ingredients

A large majority of consumers (83%) are confused at least some of the time about food ingredients, and 64% are willing to switch brands if they find one with ingredients they better understand, according to a survey from Label Insight.

Giving vegetables ‘cool’ names may increase consumption

Giving vegetables labels that are flavourful, exciting and attractive, could increase their consumption, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

Time to rethink nutrition labelling, say scientists: Food is not just the sum of its nutrients

It's time to move beyond the single nutrient model that looks only at individual fat, sugar or protein content, says scientists. Foods are eaten whole and so their effect on health must alaso be considered in a more holistic manner.

Diageo Expands Nutritional Labels to Include Guinness

06 Jul 2017 British multinational alcoholic beverages company, Diageo has expanded its nutritional labeling initiative to Ireland's number one selling beer making Guinness the first brand to supply full information about nutrition and alcohol on 500ml cans in the Republic of Ireland. 

Consumers still struggling with 'clean label' concept

LAS VEGAS — More than half of consumers report they’re familiar with “clean label,” but just 38 percent indicated a strong understanding of its exact definition, according to preliminary results of new research by Kerry Group, Beloit, Wisconsin.

8 in 10 consumers check the origin of their food when purchasing products

This is according to a new survey from Elementar UK, the stable isotope ratio mass spectrometry manufacturer formerly known as Isoprime, which showed that the origin of food and the accuracy of food labelling is very important to today’s shoppers.

Research Indicates Consumers Want Transparency in Food Labeling

American consumers want more transparency in the food they buy. That trend is confirmed by the Food Marketing Institute’s 2017 Grocery Shopper Trends research which reveals shoppers want more than just information. 

Study: Only 7% of eligible food products advertise they don't have artificial ingredients

A new Nielsen study revealed that approximately 50% of U.S. households are seeking out products made without artificial ingredients, according to Supermarket News. According to the firm's data, shoppers spent $18 billion on items that advertised a lack of artificial ingredients on their packaging.

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