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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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What's new in natural?

Canadians have an increased appetite for local, sustainable and ethical products across the board, from the clothes they put on their backs to what they serve on their kitchen tables.

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?

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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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Grocery Industry Launches New Initiative to Reduce Consumer Confusion on Product Date Labels

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) In a new industry-wide effort to reduce consumer confusion about product date labels, grocery manufacturers and retailers have joined together to adopt standard wording on packaging about the quality and safety of products.

Sweeteners face international, domestic challenges

DANA POINT, Calif. — U.S. officials need to pay more attention to opposition to sweeteners in international organizations, a representative of the Grocery Manufacturers Association told the International Sweetener Colloquium in Dana Point, Calif., last week.

Honey Groups Urge FDA to Drop “Added Sugars” Labeling Requirement

FDA’s recently published final nutrition facts rule requires a mandatory declaration and a daily value (DV) for “added sugar.”

Litigation against food companies is increasing, but who benefits?

Food labeled as “healthy,” “natural” or “preservative-free” might attract a consumer’s interest when shopping at their local grocery store. But these labels also attract plaintiffs’ lawyers looking to cash in on different interpretations of those words.

FDA’s Rules for Dietary Fiber Are “Unreasonably Restrictive,” Associations Say

In public comments released today in response to FDA’s recent draft guidance on dietary fiber, two industry associations told the agency that the agency’s criteria for what is considered a dietary fiber are too stringent. Both the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN; Washington, DC) and the Natural Products Association (NPA; Washington, DC) urged FDA to reconsider its approach to defining a dietary fiber.

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?

Making Sense of FDA’s New Dual-Column Nutrition Facts Label Requirement for 2-3 Servings

In the United States, the majority of packaged food products can accommodate the standard Nutrition Facts label, making it the most commonly used label format on store shelves.

Nutrition label confusion poses problems for those with diabetes

Diabetes can pose a number of challenges to those with the diagnosis. With a heavy emphasis on foods, content and the impacts of those choices, understanding nutrition labels can be a daunting task. 

Sugar-reduction efforts pick up steam ahead of update to Nutrition Facts panel

Food and beverage brands of all sizes and across categories are scrambling to reduce sugar in their products before FDA regulations mandating they indicate added and total sugar on the Nutrition Facts panel goes into effect in July 2018, according to product development consultancy Imbibe. 

Exercise labels are more effective than standard nutrition info for healthy eating, say researchers

'Exercise labels' that say how much physical activity is needed to burn off the calories in food are significantly more effective in encouraging healthy eating than standard nutrition information, according to a new study. 

Food giants want to "integrate" portion sizes into UK labels

One of the six food and beverage heavyweights aiming for the introduction of "harmonised" nutrition labels across the EU has said the companies would want to "integrate" information on portion sizes into the labels already used on packaging in the UK.

Can calls for food transparency be answered digitally?

With consumers demanding more transparency, the SmartLabel initiative, launched in late 2015 by the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), is gaining momentum.

Food Transparency Movement Driving Changes in Labeling

Recently the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) and the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) announced an initiative to reduce the amount of confusion that consumers experience regarding the “sell by”, “use by” and other date-specific labeling on food packaging. It is also part of an effort to reduce food waste.

Could legislation ease menu labeling burdens for grocers?

The Shelby Report writes that two major food industry trade groups, the National Grocers Association and the Food Marketing Institute, are supporting a bipartisan bill that would further clarify the menu labeling program set forth by the Food and Drug Administration.

Decline in sugary drink consumption stalls, CDC finds

For years, the U.S. Dietary Guidelines urged Americans to drink less sugary beverages. And for years, many Americans listened. But after a decade of falling consumption, rates have stalled at well above the recommended limit, according to statistics released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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