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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.

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.

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.

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Is Nestle's approach for success in 2017 good for every company?

To continue to be successful in the industry, Nestle CEO Paul Grimwood wrote that the company needs to meet the diverse nutrition needs and ever-changing preferences of today’s consumer in an essay posted in Medium.

ESHA Research Helps Food Manufactures with Dual Column Label Compliance

Newly added Dual Column label format for a single recipe will help manufacturers more easily comply with the latest serving size rules, ESHA Research CEO says.

ESHA Helps Food Manufacturers Prepare for Health Canada’s Proposed Nutrition Facts Table Regulations

ESHA Research, the leading provider of nutrition analysis and compliant food labeling solutions, announced a crucial software update for the Genesis R&D® Food Labeling Software.

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On-pack food claims must be carefully weighed and deftly positioned

While U.S. grocery shoppers continue to seek tasty, nutritious food, the impact of food labels appears to be waning. 

Cracking the Code to Making Sugar Reduction Taste Just as Good

Reducing sugar content in food and beverages has been a hot-button issue for years as health advocates point to sugar consumption as one of the major factors for global obesity. Sugar also was thrust into the spotlight earlier this year when the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGAs) recommended consumers eat less than 10 percent of daily calories from added sugars.

USDA proposes changes to Nutrition Facts panel as industry seeks to delay it

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service has proposed changes to the Nutrition Facts panel, particularly for meat and poultry products that fall under the organization's purview, Meat + Poultry reported.

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FDA Launches New Nutrition Facts Label for Potatoes

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently released revisions to the Nutrition Facts label, which has graced the back of packaged foods for more than 20 years, according to Northern Plains Potato Growers Association.

President Obama Signs Controversial Bill Requiring GMO Labels

President Barack Obama has signed a controversial bill into law requiring the labeling of genetically modified ingredients, The Associated Press reports. The legislation requires that companies include labels on packaging for food containing GMO ingredients and preempts laws in states like Vermont with individual requirements.

FDA Extends Compliance Deadline For Items With FOP Calorie Labels: July 26, 2018

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said that it will extend the deadline for compliance with its final calorie-declaration requirements for "certain foods sold from glassfront vending machines" to July 26, 2018. The agency said that it intends to announce this extension formally in the Federal Register in the near future.

New FDA Nutrition Facts Label Font Style and Size

The new FDA Nutrition Facts labels place more visual emphasis on calories.

EWG presses cereal manufacturers to change sugar labels before FDA deadline

Consumer protection non-profit Environmental Working Group (EWG) sent letters to General Mills, Kellogg, and Post, urging the companies to adjust their nutrition information for what it says are “larger, more accurate serving sizes.”

Labeling Requirement: FDA Publishes Nutrition Facts FAQs

FDA publishes resources to assist food industry with compliance with revised nutrition labeling requirements

What dairy processors must know about FDA's new Nutrition Facts label

Dairies and other food makers must comply with the new FDA Nutrition Facts label rules by July 26, 2018.

Senate approves GMO disclosure bill

The U.S. Senate voted July 8 to pass legislation establishing a national mandatory system of disclosure for foods containing genetically modified ingredients.

FDA guidelines state the term 'evaporated cane juice' is misleading

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently weighed in on food companies that listed evaporated cane juice as an ingredient in their products.

GMO labeling law takes effect July 1: What businesses need to know

Whether you are a grocer, a prepared- or processed-food manufacturer, or a supplier, you should already be aware that Vermont’s first-in-the-nation GMO food labeling law, commonly known as “Act 120,” is slated to take effect on July 1, 2016.  

Beer Industry to Implement Nutritional Labeling

The Beer Institute (BI) announced last week that is was implementing a “Brewer’s Voluntary Disclosure Initiative” intended to encourage its membership to begin disclosing nutritional information about its products on product labeling, packaging and on product websites. 

Here come nutrition labels for beer

We know this Bud's for you, but what exactly is in it for you? Soon you'll know. Anheuser-Busch InBev (BUD), Molson Coors (TAP), Constellation Brands (STZ) and Heineken, which produce more than 80 percent of the beer sold in the U.S., today announced plans to begin providing consumers more nutritional information about the beers they sell.

With Congress passing GMO label rules, consumers look to General Mills for what to expect

The U.S. House passed a Senate bill Thursday requiring food companies label products that contain genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, raising questions for interested consumers.

New sugar labeling a boon for alternative sweeteners

The added sugars portion of the newly revamped nutrition facts labels for food products will provide a significant opportunity for purveyors of alternative sweeteners, an industry expert says.

What Do The New Food Labels Mean For Dairy?

Since the understanding of what constitutes a healthy eating plan has evolved over the last 20 years, the label has gotten a makeover. The changes will impact virtually every packaged food in the supermarket.

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