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Michigan grocers add calorie labeling on prepared foods despite FDA rule delay

BYRON TOWNSHIP, MI If you have shopped at a Family Fare store lately, you might have noticed new digital menu boards at the deli detailing know many calories are in the panini you are ordering. 

New York will enforce menu labeling effective immediately even as FDA delays national requirement

With many of the nutrition policies drafted under the Obama Administrative now in limbo, New York City's Departments of Health and Consumer Affairs are taking action into their own hands and as of May 22 began enforcing controversial menu labeling at chain restaurants and food retailers. 

Delaying added-sugar labeling could hurt manufacturers in the long run, experts warn

Industry efforts to delay added-sugar labeling and the new Nutrition Facts panel could damage manufacturers' long-term sales by eroding consumer trust in them, and pushing shoppers to more transparent options, industry experts suggested at the Building a Healthier America Summit in Washington, DC, earlier this month. 

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The attack on sugars ramp up

The non-profit group, the Union of Concerned Scientists has filed a petition with the FDA to prohibit foods that are high in sugars to make health or nutrient claims such as “healthy” or “high in fiber.”

Futuristic packaging changes colors when food spoils

Braskem, a thermoplastic resin producer, has joined with universities in the U.S. and Brazil to develop fresh food packaging that will change color when food is hazardous to consume, according to Food Navigator.

Clean label drive spurs innovation in texturizers, preservatives

The challenges of clean label formulation might hit hardest at the humblest of ingredients, texturizers and preservatives — those behind-the-scenes stage hands that do the dirty work of making food formulations platable and shelf stable. 

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Swedish shoppers' baskets filled with healthier foods, survey finds

Consumers in Sweden are eating healthier compared to five years ago as a survery finds an overall decrease in sugar and salt intake whilst consumption of healthy fats and vitamin D have increased.

Millennials are aging, what's driving their snack purchase decisions now?

When data on marketing food and beverages to Millennials first came out, they tended to portray this age group as adventurous (and broke) twenty-somethings. But members of this generation have aged, and their purchasing drivers have changed, according to one generational expert. 

GMO labeling remains a ‘front-panel’ issue for brands

In recent years, public awareness campaigns have aimed to inform consumers of the presence of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), but stopped short (so far) of eliminating them. According to Mintel Reports, consumers do not avoid GMOs on quite the same level as artificial preservatives, flavors and sweeteners.

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The attack on sugars ramp up

The non-profit group, the Union of Concerned Scientists has filed a petition with the FDA to prohibit foods that are high in sugars to make health or nutrient claims such as “healthy” or “high in fiber.”

Canada GMO label vote splits industry, campaigners

The defeat in the Canadian parliament of an attempt to make the labelling of genetically modified foods sold in the country mandatory has drawn contrasting reactions from industry and environmental organisations.

Reformulating for cleaner labels starts with an oil change

As food manufacturers recognize the growing consumer demand for cleaner labels, a recent report1 indicates that they are reformulating products like never before.

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?

Italy proposes €18,000 fine for firms failing to indicate Italian origin

New legislation could require manufacturers to give detailed origin labelling for all pre-packaged food on Italian shelves or face heavy fines — but does the move undermine EU law and would it be effective?

Futuristic packaging changes colors when food spoils

Braskem, a thermoplastic resin producer, has joined with universities in the U.S. and Brazil to develop fresh food packaging that will change color when food is hazardous to consume, according to Food Navigator.

FDA Examines Divergent Views on Definition of ‘Healthy’ Foods

As FDA examines how to redefine what qualifies as “healthy" on food packages, government officials have plenty to chew on. Comments from the food industry and other stakeholders poured in to FDA this week, recommending changes to the definition of healthy.

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.

Dairy's role in clean label snacking

SAVANNAH, GA. — When it comes to clean label and consumer perception, the waters are muddy, said Carrie Schroeder, business development, Kerry.

Health and Nutrition Claims Standard, New Zealand and Austria: Urban Food Policy Snapshot

There are four types of messages governed by this law: nutrition content claims, general level health claims, high level health claims, and endorsements. These claims may be placed on food products or used in advertisements for those products.

Clean label drive spurs innovation in texturizers, preservatives

The challenges of clean label formulation might hit hardest at the humblest of ingredients, texturizers and preservatives — those behind-the-scenes stage hands that do the dirty work of making food formulations platable and shelf stable. 

FDA gets $3M to educate consumers on GMOs

The spending bill passed last week to keep the federal government running allocated $3 million to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for a new campaign that will better educate consumers about foods produced with genetically modified organisms, according to Food Safety Magazine.

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). 

Report: Clean labels and product innovation could revive the frozen department

As the U.S. moves from spring into early harvest seasons and fruit and vegetable supplies become more plentiful, the appeal of fresh produce items will increase.

What to Expect from New Food Labeling Laws in Canada

The Minister of Health believes the new food labeling laws will help Canadians make healthier choices, but do consumers agree?

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