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FSIS Allows Use of FDA Nutrition Facts Format for Meat and Poultry Labels

USDA’s Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) recently announced that meat and poultry products may use the Nutrition Facts label recently finalized by FDA earlier this year. According to FSIS, meat and poultry producers may utilize FDA’s updated nutrition labeling format “as long as the information on the labels is truthful and not misleading.”

Food industry group wants to delay the Nutrition Facts panel

The food industry is attempting to delay the implementation deadline for the Food and Drug Administration's new Nutrition Facts panel requirements using the appropriations process, sources told Politico.

FDA Publishes Biennial Uniform Compliance Date for 2017-2018 Food Labeling Regulations

As our readership is well aware, FDA periodically announces uniform compliance dates for new food labeling requirements to minimize the economic impact on the food industry of having to respond separately to each change.

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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. 

FDA Soliciting Public Comment on 'Healthy'

The FDA at the end of September started the public comment period that may help the agency define the “healthy” nutrient content claim for food labeling purposes.

3 Steps To Help Your Company Prepare for the New FDA Food Label

In May 2016, the FDA released its final rules for the updated food & beverage labels. These changes are revisions to the Nutritional Labeling and Education Act (NLEA) of 1990.

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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. 

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.

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. 

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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. 

FDA Issues Request For Information and Draft Guidance on Fiber on Nutrition Facts Label

FDA published a final rule on revisions to nutrition labeling requirements on May 27, 2016.  The final rule requires that only certain naturally occurring dietary fibers – such as those found in fruits, vegetables and whole grains, and added isolated or synthetic fibers that FDA has determined have a physiological effect that is beneficial to human health – may be declared on the label under “Dietary Fiber.”

Why it's time to change the way potential food allergens are labeled

A Food Allergy Research & Education study found that consumers with food allergies misinterpret food labels that read "may contain" allergens or "manufactured on shared equipment" with allergens as safer than foods that clearly contain that particular ingredient, according to UPI. 

Higher Costs Inevitable as Clock Starts for Label Changes

New rules on ingredient labeling that bring transparency to consumers—and headaches to manufacturers—entered the regulatory process this summer. That means a rulemaking process of about two years has begun, giving federal agencies time to define standards for new labeling for genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The clock also is ticking for manufacturers to implement the revised Nutrition Facts labels.

Creating a clean label compliance checklist

LAS VEGAS — Food and beverage companies making a significant investment in the manufacture and marketing of products perceived as clean label must ensure their supply chain is able to verify the claims being made about products are true. Otherwise, companies may find themselves embroiled in litigation.

FDA Soliciting Public Comment on 'Healthy'

The FDA at the end of September started the public comment period that may help the agency define the “healthy” nutrient content claim for food labeling purposes.

Preparing For The FDA's Upcoming Labeling Requirements

Mislabeled food products are the number one cause for food recalls, and we all know what that can mean to your bottom line. Adding to an already complicated landscape, the FDA announced forthcoming changes to the nutrition facts of food products that need to be complied with by July, 2018.

Brexit price rises could turn consumers to own-label

Food and drink manufacturers' Brexit-related price rise could turn consumers to own-label brands, says Shore Capital analyst Clive Black. 

Food Safety and Inspection Service Requests Comments on Labeling Guidance for Animal Raising Claims

FSIS is seeking comments on an updated compliance guideline regarding the documentation needed to support animal raising claims on meat and poultry product labels.

FDA could be gearing up to finally define the term 'natural'

FDA released a reminder to consumers that they should always read the labels of the products they buy, according to a news release.

3 Steps To Help Your Company Prepare for the New FDA Food Label

In May 2016, the FDA released its final rules for the updated food & beverage labels. These changes are revisions to the Nutritional Labeling and Education Act (NLEA) of 1990.

“Healthy” Food: FDA to Redefine the Term on Food Labels

For decades, Americans have been grappling with what it means to eat a healthy, well-balanced diet as more information regarding our industrial food system comes to light. Now, it seems the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has jumped on the bandwagon, revisiting food labels and the definition of “healthy” in an effort to redefine an outdated version.

Moving on From “Natural,” FDA Seeks Comments on What It Means to Be a “Healthy” Food

As it signaled it would be doing earlier this year, FDA has initiated a public process to redefine the implied nutrient content claim “healthy” when it is used on food labels and labeling.

Fruit Labeling Accuracy Act of 2016 Would Prohibit Added Sugars Labeling for Naturally Tart Fruits

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued final rules to implement changes to nutrition labeling requirement in the U.S. In our summary of the final rule on the Nutrition Facts label requirements, we reported that FDA will require a declaration of the amount of added sugar and percentage daily value if a product contains 1 gram or more of added sugars in a serving, or if claims are made about sweeteners, sugars or sugar alcohol content.

Will new Sugarwise certification gain a foothold?

A new certification program for added sugars in foods is now available in the U.S.

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