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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.

FDA asked for stricter enforcement of milk labeling standards

The use of the term “milk” by manufacturers of plant-based products such as soy or almond milk is “misleading to consumers, harmful to the dairy industry and a violation of milk’s standard of identity,” according to a new letter sent to the Food and Drug Administration commissioner. 

 

FSIS announces companies can use new FDA label format for now

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced that while it is rulemaking to update the Nutrition Facts label for meat and poultry, companies can voluntarily use the recently approved FDA Nutrition Facts label format.

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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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New active food label combats food fraud and boosts consumer confidence

With food safety and traceability issues increasingly in the spotlight, a Bristol technology company has come up with an innovative label to provide consumers with detailed information about where their food comes from and how it has been processed.

Consumers emphasizing ingredients when it comes to food labels

For years, health advocates have urged the public to read the ingredients and ignore the marketing. For years, consumers have ignored the health advocates.

Study shows why the clean label trend is worth pursuing

A survey of 1,300 consumers across North America, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region done by Ingredient Communications found more than half (52%) were willing to pay 10% more on a food or drink product containing known, trusted ingredients, according to a report in Grocery Headquarters.

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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.

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.

Is Nestle's approach for success in 2017 good for every company?

To continue to be successful in the industry, Nestle CEO Paul Grimwood wrote that the company needs to meet the diverse nutrition needs and ever-changing preferences of today’s consumer in an essay posted in Medium.

New food labels to group sugars in ingredients list, aid comparison shopping

OTTAWA -- New food labelling amendments announced Wednesday by Health Canada are designed to make it easier to compare serving sizes on different products while shopping.

Are You Ready for the New U.S. FDA Nutrition Facts Tables Regulations?

The greatest U.S. regulatory change to affect packaging in the last 20 years was recently completed. The Nutrition Facts Table (NFT), seen on all food and beverage products sold in the US, is changing – and all companies with revenues over $10 million must comply by updating every piece of packaging artwork that contains an NFT before July 2018. 

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.

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.

ESHA Research Helps Food Manufactures with Dual Column Label Compliance

Newly added Dual Column label format for a single recipe will help manufacturers more easily comply with the latest serving size rules, ESHA Research CEO says.

3 Steps Food Manufacturers Can Take Now To Prepare For Federal Labeling Regulations

Consumers seem to be more eager than ever to know what they are eating and what journey it traveled to move from farm to table. In this era of authenticity, artificial is out; organic is in.

USDA Eying Nutrition Facts Label Changes for Meat, Poultry

The U.S Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is proposing to change the nutrition facts panel on meat and poultry products to mirror the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) final nutrition regulations published this May, the agency announced on Dec. 1.

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 efforts to redefine 'healthy' could hit a roadblock under Trump

The Food and Drug Administration on Friday announced it is extending the feedback period for comments about use of the word "healthy" on food packaging.

ESHA Helps Food Manufacturers Prepare for Health Canada’s Proposed Nutrition Facts Table Regulations

ESHA Research, the leading provider of nutrition analysis and compliant food labeling solutions, announced a crucial software update for the Genesis R&D® Food Labeling Software.

Could Trump bring back Country of Origin Labeling law?

As President-elect Donald Trump’s various transition groups plan the first 100 days of the new administration, reports have emerged that the Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) law may be back on the table in a potential renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement, according to Food Safety News. 

Industry Seeks Harmonization of FDA Nutrition Mandates

Responding to food industry requests to harmonize the compliance dates of upcoming food labeling and nutrition initiatives, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently clarified that the compliance dates are already coordinated to take effect in summer 2018. 

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