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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.

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?

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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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.

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. 

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. 

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Making Sense of FDA’s New Dual-Column Nutrition Facts Label Requirement for 2-3 Servings

In the United States, the majority of packaged food products can accommodate the standard Nutrition Facts label, making it the most commonly used label format on store shelves.

Can calls for food transparency be answered digitally?

With consumers demanding more transparency, the SmartLabel initiative, launched in late 2015 by the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), is gaining momentum.

Honey Groups Urge FDA to Drop “Added Sugars” Labeling Requirement

FDA’s recently published final nutrition facts rule requires a mandatory declaration and a daily value (DV) for “added sugar.”

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FDA Issues Three Draft Guidance Documents

FDA has released an updated draft guidance, “Control of Listeria monocytogenesin Ready-To-Eat Foods” and two draft guidance documents related to the final rules on Nutrition Facts labeling and Serving Sizes.

FSIS announces companies can use new FDA label format for now

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced that while it is rulemaking to update the Nutrition Facts label for meat and poultry, companies can voluntarily use the recently approved FDA Nutrition Facts label format.

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.

FDA Clarifies compliance dates for nutrition initiatives

FDA is clarifying the timing of compliance dates for its various nutrition initiatives. In the summer of 2018, manufacturers will have to comply with these key nutrition initiatives.

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.

New food nutritional label guidelines in the works

The federal government is serving up changes to its nutrition labelling rules to help consumers make healthier food choices.

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.

Fruit Processors Get Guidance From FDA on ‘Added Sugars’ Label

Food makers using processed fruit ingredients such as concentrates or purees got some guidance from the Food and Drug Administration on the agency’s new nutrition facts rules.

FDA to Extend Compliance Date for Menu Labeling

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced it will be publishing a final rule that formally extends the compliance date for menu labeling regulations to May 5. 

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.

FDA asked for stricter enforcement of milk labeling standards

The use of the term “milk” by manufacturers of plant-based products such as soy or almond milk is “misleading to consumers, harmful to the dairy industry and a violation of milk’s standard of identity,” according to a new letter sent to the Food and Drug Administration commissioner. 

 

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. 

New Menu-Labeling Requirement Goes into Effect for Chain Restaurants

In an effort to promote better health and more informed eating habits, California is now requiring restaurant chains with 20 or more locations to provide calorie counts and expanded nutritional information for customers.

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.

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