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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.

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.

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.

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Implications of EU Ingredient Labeling Proposal for US Suppliers

On March 13, the European Commission approved a report that calls on members of the alcohol beverage industry to develop a comprehensive self-regulatory system of ingredient and nutritional labeling for beer, wine, and distilled spirits.

Packaging plays role as food safety tool

Packaging will play a central — and in some cases, active — role as the produce industry moves forward with its food safety efforts, said Jim Gorny, vice president of food safety and technology for the Newark, Del.-based Produce Marketing Association.

Coming clean in baked foods

KANSAS CITY — Achieving a clean label in baked foods may involve removing artificial flavors, colors and preservatives. It also may mean omitting complex multi-syllablic words from the ingredient list or avoiding the use of bioengineered/G.M.O. ingredients.

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Health Advocates Argue for a Tax on Sugary Drinks in Canada to Save Lives and Healthcare Costs

Twenty-four public health advocates and organizations are calling on the Canadian government to levy a significant tax on manufacturers of sugary drinks to discourage consumption and help fund healthy living initiatives. 

Grocery Industry Launches New Initiative to Reduce Consumer Confusion on Product Date Labels

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) In a new industry-wide effort to reduce consumer confusion about product date labels, grocery manufacturers and retailers have joined together to adopt standard wording on packaging about the quality and safety of products.

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?

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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