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Multinationals join forces to create nutritional value label

Six major multinationals, including Coca-Cola, Mars and Mondelez, are working on a new label to inform consumers about their products' nutritional value.

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.

Are 'Healthy' Food Labels Out of Date? FDA Holds Public Meeting

The buzzword “healthy” on food labels can offer consumers peace of mind and be marketing gold for brands, but many health experts warn those products might not actually live up to their label.

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Coming clean in baked foods

KANSAS CITY — Achieving a clean label in baked foods may involve removing artificial flavors, colors and preservatives. It also may mean omitting complex multi-syllablic words from the ingredient list or avoiding the use of bioengineered/G.M.O. ingredients.

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.

Ranchers look for some traction on country-of-origin labeling

As individual actions, they might not mean much. Collectively, they say Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL) is not going away anytime soon. Two states known for their cowboys, Wyoming and South Dakota, have seen early introduction of COOL bills in their legislatures, respectively, in Cheyenne and Pierre.

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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?

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.

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.

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Coming clean in baked foods

KANSAS CITY — Achieving a clean label in baked foods may involve removing artificial flavors, colors and preservatives. It also may mean omitting complex multi-syllablic words from the ingredient list or avoiding the use of bioengineered/G.M.O. ingredients.

How grocers should approach the new Nutrition Facts label

The FDA's Nutrition Facts Label regulations, first published last May, affect all packaged food products and require retailers and manufacturers to make necessary updates by July 2018 — though it's possible that the Trump administration may extend the deadline, according to Supermarket News.

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.

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.

Viewpoint: Implementing the Nutrition Facts Label

Last May, the FDA published its final rules for the new Nutrition Facts Label, affecting every packaged food item. The new regulation requires all packaging changes to be completed by 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.

Ranchers look for some traction on country-of-origin labeling

As individual actions, they might not mean much. Collectively, they say Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL) is not going away anytime soon. Two states known for their cowboys, Wyoming and South Dakota, have seen early introduction of COOL bills in their legislatures, respectively, in Cheyenne and Pierre.

Should foods high in added sugar be disqualified from making nutrient content and health claims?

High levels of added sugar should disqualify foods from being able to make health claims, or nutrient content claims such as 'healthy' or 'high fiber,' argues a citizen's petition filed last week by the nonprofit advocacy group the Union of Concerned Scientists. 

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.

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