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Canada Finalizes Changes to Nutrition Facts Label Requirements

By way of background, on October 24, 2016, Canada’s Minister of Health launched the Healthy Eating Strategy for Canada. Part of this strategy involves revising Canada’s food labeling requirements over the next 2 years in consultation with Canadians and stakeholders.

Confused about added sugar? FDA issues draft guidance on Nutrition Facts changes

The FDA has attempted to clear up some of the confusion over defining and calculating added sugar, in new draft guidance designed to help firms get to grips with the key changes it is making to the Nutrition Facts panel. 

FDA Issues Two Guidance Documents on Nutrition Facts Label and Serving Size Final Rules

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

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FDA Issues Draft Guidance on New Nutrition Facts Label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.

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.

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.

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The Cost of Food Influences Your Perception of How Healthy It Is

Healthy food can be expensive. Just think about all those $8 (or more!) juices and smoothies you've bought in the past year—those add up. But according to a new study published in the Journal of Consumer Research, something really funky is going on with how consumers view the health level of a food relative to its price.

The clean label trend is growing, but do consumers actually read them?

Nutrition labels are the best way for manufacturers to share their ingredient content with consumers, yet a recent Bernstein survey revealed that 48% of consumers said they distrust food labels, according to C&R Research.

Transparent labeling could boost sales, consumer loyalty, Label Insight survey finds

Providing transparent, accurate information about products that go beyond what is legally required can boost sales, market share and consumer loyalty, suggests new reserach by Label Insight. 

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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. 

Does FDA's Calorie-Disclosure Rule Apply To Coin-Op? Bulk Venders (Yes), Amusement Machines (No)

Just like their full-line counterparts, bulk vending operators who have 20 or more machines on location are required to comply with the Food and Drug Administration's calorie-disclosure rule that goes into effect on Dec. 1. 

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. 

How Should FDA Define the Word Natural? Should It Be Different from Organic? Or Non-GMO?

Take a stroll down any aisle in the grocery store and you’ll find one marketing term used as much as or more than any other: natural. Thousands of U.S. food and beverage companies parade their products under the banner of natural, but with no official definition for the word, each one is free to march to the beat of its own drum.


At IFT, Fiber Suppliers "Confident" FDA Will Define Their Ingredients as Dietary Fibers

Fiber-ingredient suppliers have been on high alert for more than two years ever since FDA announced its intention to revamp U.S. Nutrition Facts labels. Along with those label changes, the agency finally created a definition for a dietary fiber—one that may leave many fibers out in the cold.

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 Guidance on New Nutrition Facts Label

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has published a Nutrition Facts label Industry Resources web page to help businesses comply with the requirements of the final rules, which were issued in May 2016.

FDA Revises Guidance on Dietary Supplements

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a revised draft guidance to improve new dietary ingredient (NDI) premarket safety notifications to the agency. 

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