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FDA allows more time for comments on ‘healthy’ food labels

Four months wasn’t long enough for some in the food industry to figure out how they want the FDA to define “healthy” for use on food labels, so the agency has extended the comment deadline on the topic for another three months.

FDA Issues Three Draft Guidance Documents

FDA has released an updated draft guidance, “Control of Listeria monocytogenesin Ready-To-Eat Foods” and two draft guidance documents related to the final rules on Nutrition Facts labeling and Serving Sizes.

New food nutritional label guidelines in the works

The federal government is serving up changes to its nutrition labelling rules to help consumers make healthier food choices.

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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. 

FDA Issues Draft Guidance on New Nutrition Facts Label

In hopes of clarifying questions from food and dietary supplement manufacturers, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released a draft of its guidance on the updated Nutrition and Supplement Facts label announced last year.

France begins 2-year test for county-of-origin labeling

A two-year trial period for mandatory country-of-origin labeling is getting underway in France, but it’s not as likely to conflict with international trade rules as the U.S. COOL program did in recent years because it’s tied to the European Commission’s work on the issue.

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Here comes sugar, packagers

Changes to packaged food labels and product formulations are already resulting, but now public awareness might also increase.

Why grocers and food brands need to create their own 'clean label' definitions

According to the Flavors of North America (FONA) 2017 Trend Insight Report, 64% of shoppers prefer foods that are minimally processed, and 54% look for food and beverage products with few and recognizable ingredients.

Traffic-light and numeric calorie labels cut calorie consumption by 10 Percent, research shows

Imagine you’re ordering lunch from your favorite online delivery spot, and just before submitting your order, you notice that the club sandwich in your cart is marked with a red stop light signifying high calorie content.

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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.


Clean label — a $180 billion global opportunity

LAS VEGAS — Global sales of clean label food and beverage products may reach $180 billion by 2020, said Ewa Hudson, the global head of health and wellness, nutrition and ethical labels research for Euromonitor. In 2015, the market research firm estimated global sales of clean label products to be $165 billion, with North America generating $62 billion of that sales total.

In the age of clean label, are consumers in developed markets losing interest in fortified foods?

With clean label now "the most dominant trend in food and drink," many food and beverage manufacturers are moving away from fortifying foods with minerals, vitamins and other nutritious ingredients, says Euromonitor International. 

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.

Food Business News: The good news and bad news of formulating clean label beverages

LAS VEGAS — The good news is interest in the development of clean label beverages is high. The bad news is bottlenecks in the supply chain make it a challenge to develop products with hard-to-find ingredients or that require specific certifications.

Warning labels on soft drinks may affect purchasing decisions of teens: study

Teens are more than 15% less likely to purchase soft drinks or other sugary beverages that have warning labels, according to a new study by researchers from the Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. 

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. 

Ninth Circuit: Food Manufacturers May be Liable for Misleading Consumers if They Label Foods Containing Synthetic Citric and Ascorbic Acid “Natural”

On September 30, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed in part a district court decision granting summary judgment to Dole Packaged Foods, LLC (“Dole”), finding that a reasonable fact finder could conclude that Dole’s description of its products as “All Natural Fruit” is misleading to a reasonable consumer.

Three trends driving sales of 100% juice even as sugar debate rages

Rather than viewing the ongoing demonization of sugar as a potential threat to sales of 100% juice, manufacturers in this space could spin the trend as a growth opportunity even though their products are high in naturally occurring sugar, according to new market data analysis from Tetra Pak. 

Setting the record straight on clean labels - what do consumers actually believe?

In the past two years, humans have created more data than in the previous ten or so millennia. In an age where anyone with a smartphone and network connection can access a decent chunk of that data, you might think that individuals in 2016 are well-informed on every topic under the sun. Unfortunately, because so much information is produced each day, and so little of it is fact-checked, people are often duped by poor research or simply wrong "evidence."

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