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CA bill proposes warning labels on food with artificial colors

California State Sen. Bob Wieckowski has introduced a bill requiring warning labels on food containing artificial colors in California, according to a release from his office.

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. 

FDA Public Meeting on Term 'Healthy' in Food Labeling

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Wednesday a public meeting to discuss the use of the term "healthy" in the labeling of food products. The public meeting will be held on March 9 from 8:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. at the Hilton Washington DC/Rockville Hotel, 1750 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Md.

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Preparedness +

2017 Food and Beverage Industry Outlook

This year, perhaps for the first time in history, the fortunes of the U.S. food and beverage industry may depend upon the president of the United States.

Food Rules Gnaw at C-Store Operations

There’s no shortage of pundits who assert that compliance with governmental rules and laws is a greater encumbrance on small companies than large ones, thwarting small business formation, growth and job creation.

Food safety regulatory outlook for 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C., U.S. — Forecasting the direction of food safety policy and enforcement may be difficult in the wake of any general election. The incoming administration will select its own team, and this team may bring new visions and perspectives to federal agencies and offices. 

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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. 

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.

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.

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USDA proposes changes to Nutrition Facts panel as industry seeks to delay it

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service has proposed changes to the Nutrition Facts panel, particularly for meat and poultry products that fall under the organization's purview, Meat + Poultry reported.

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.

What Food Industry Experts Forecast Will Be Trending in 2017

At the end of every year, food industry analysts all make their predictions about what will be the next hot product or trend in the coming year. 

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.

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. 

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