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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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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.”

Details to come on G.M.O. labeling digital links

SAVANNAH, GA. — The U.S. Department of Agriculture is still working on the details about what it will allow in digital links for bioengineered/G.M.O. labeling, but companies for certain will need to stay away from promotional materials.

Alliance Calls for Harmonized Compliance Dates on Label Changes

IDFA and 30 other trade association members of the Food and Beverage Industry Alliance urged government officials last week to align the compliance dates for two mandatory label changes that will require labeling revisions to hundreds of thousands of products. They are the Food and Drug Administration’s Nutrition Facts label changes and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s disclosure standard for bioengineered foods, which is required by law to be issued in two years.

Moving on From “Natural,” FDA Seeks Comments on What It Means to Be “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.

Green light for colour-coded labels: Study

Researchers at the University of Bonn and the Ohio State University found that colour-coded labels "significantly increased" healthy choices ny increasing the so-called 'drift rate' towards healthier products. The effects are strongest when a number of nutrients are displayed rather than, say, sugar alone. 

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.

Front-Of-Pack Font-Size Extension Does Not Exempt Glassfront Vending Machines From Dec. 1 Calorie-Disclosure Deadline

WASHINGTON -- The Food and Drug Administration announced in July that it was providing flexibility for certain foods sold through glassfront vending machines. In this announcement, the FDA used the term "extension."

FDA Proposed Rule for Term “Healthy” on Foods

Silver Springs, MD—The U.S. Foods and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a proposed rule for the use of the term “healthy” on human food products and opened the issue up for public comment for 120 days.

Tracking Compliance Dates for FDA Nutrition Initiatives

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has received a number of questions on the timing of compliance dates for its nutrition initiatives. In response, the Agency published a reminder of those compliance dates on October 7, 2016.

Menu labeling: Follow this checklist to protect your brand

As restaurant operators continue to prepare for the May 5, 2017, menu labeling deadline,  many questions and challenges remain. I see this daily as my team continues to field calls from operators looking for further guidance and understanding.

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.

What Restaurants Need to Know About FDA Regulations

According to the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Americans eat and drink about one-third of their calories away from home. In order to help consumers make more informed and healthier dietary choices, the FDA established a mandate for nutrition labeling in chain restaurants and similar retail establishments. 

Making Sense of Added Sugars Labeling [INFOGRAPHIC]

In May 2016, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that by July 2018, the Nutrition Facts label will display added sugars information in grams per serving and percent Daily Value. The decision to declare added sugars on the revised label is based, in part, on recommendations from the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA).

Canadian Food Guide and label rules getting another overhaul

MONTREAL — Health Minister Jane Philpott says the government intends to change the country's Food Guide and overhaul food labelling rules as part of an effort to make Canadians healthier.

FDA Answers Food Manufacturers' Questions on Compliance Dates, Menu Labeling and More

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has received questions about the timing of the compliance dates for its various nutrition initiatives. 

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