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Friendly labels, transparency become bigger factors in ingredient selection

KANSAS CITY — Ingredient trends might bring to mind a cartoon about a ghost. Surveys show many consumers seek transparency in the sourcing of ingredients and in the marketing of products, and they also seek “friendly” ingredient lists.

Canadian grocers use app to promote surplus food about to expire

Two Ontario grocers, Longo’s and Farm Boy, are using the Flashfood app to notify customers when food nearing its “best before” date goes on sale, according to Progressive Grocer. Users can pay for the food through the app, then pick it up that same day in-store.

 

FDA urged to keep nutrition facts label on schedule

May began with the Trump administration’s decision to relax national school lunch rules on sodium, whole grains, and milk.

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Standardized language for expiration dates should help reduce food waste, according to GMA

According to the nonprofit Feeding America, 126 billion pounds of food is wasted each year in America a staggering number that prompted USDA and EPA to challenge producters, manufacturers and consumers to help reduce food loss and waste by 50% by 2030. 

Sugar concerns spur alternative sweetener development

Poor perception of sugar and artificial sweeteners could open opportunities for new sweeteners and sweetener blends, according to Food Business News.

Food Production Transparency Is Expected in the Future

Consumers are demanding to know what, exactly, is in their food. The call for transparency is a call to repair trust in food production practices and ingredient names that have been shortened to fit on a small label space. What exactly are those mysterious “artificial flavors,” anyway?

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Study: Nearly 4% of Americans suffer from food allergies

A new study found about 4% of Americans suffer from food allergies and intolerances, the most common of which are allergies to shellfish such as fish and lobster, according to Health Day.

Time to rethink nutrition labelling, say scientists: Food is not just the sum of its nutrients

It's time to move beyond the single nutrient model that looks only at individual fat, sugar or protein content, says scientists. Foods are eaten whole and so their effect on health must alaso be considered in a more holistic manner.

Study: Only 7% of eligible food products advertise they don't have artificial ingredients

A new Nielsen study revealed that approximately 50% of U.S. households are seeking out products made without artificial ingredients, according to Supermarket News. According to the firm's data, shoppers spent $18 billion on items that advertised a lack of artificial ingredients on their packaging.

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What exactly does ‘healthy’ mean when it comes to food?

Anyone who's ever walked into a grocery store has seen the various health claims on food items calling certain products "healthy." But what exactly does “healthy” mean — and can you rely on it?

U.K. guidelines seek to reduce sugar 20% by 2020

LONDON — The government’s Public Health England (PHE) on March 30 published “Sugar Reduction: Achieving the 20%,” which sets voluntary technical guidelines to cut sugar in nine major food categories by 5% by August 2017 and by 20% by 2020 in an effort to reduce obesity in children up to 18 years of age.

New FDA nutrition label pleases potato industry

DENVER — Officials of Potatoes USA say new federal Food and Drug Administration guidance adding potassium to nutrition labels should benefit the fresh potato industry.

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.

Nutrition Facts: Health Groups Call For FDA to Keep July 2018 Compliance Date

As our readership is well aware, in May 2016, FDA issued final rules to implement changes to the nutrition and dietary supplement labeling and serving size regulations.

Organic 'greenwashing' prompts push for tighter food labelling laws

Australia's certified organic industry is expected to be worth more than $2 billion by next year but it is fighting to ensure fake organic claims do not damage its reputation.

Health Canada proposes ban on partially hydrogenated oils

Health Canada has unveiled proposals to prohibit the use of partially hydrogenerated oils - a key source of harmful trans fats in foods - by summer 2018 (aligning with the US deadline) by adding them to the List of Contaminants and Other Adulterating Substances in Foods.

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

Consumers rely on labels to help them make wise choices about the foods they purchase. But in Canada, change is in the air.

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.

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?

New labels should reduce food waste

Americans toss out $165 billion worth of food each year, often out of safety concerns fuelled by confusion about the meaning of the more than 10 different date labels used on packages.

FDA’s Rainbow Rules: An Overview of Color Regulations

The FDA regulates ingredients used for color more closely than it does ingredients used for taste, nutrition or other non-color purposes.

2017 Food trends: Keep it lean and clean

As with anything in the food industry, it is the consumer who ultimately drives trends that retailers pass back up the chain to processors.

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.

FDA Schedules Public Meeting to Discuss “Healthy” Food Labeling Claims

The Food and Drug Administration has just announced that it will hold a Public Meeting on March 9, 2017 to discuss use of the term “healthy” in the labeling of human food products. The purpose of the meeting is to give interested persons an opportunity to provide input on use of the term “healthy” in food labeling and to provide recommendations to the Agency on whether any regulatory action is required to address this food labeling issue.

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