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FDA allows more time for comments on ‘healthy’ food labels

Four months wasn’t long enough for some in the food industry to figure out how they want the FDA to define “healthy” for use on food labels, so the agency has extended the comment deadline on the topic for another three months.

FDA Issues Three Draft Guidance Documents

FDA has released an updated draft guidance, “Control of Listeria monocytogenesin Ready-To-Eat Foods” and two draft guidance documents related to the final rules on Nutrition Facts labeling and Serving Sizes.

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.

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Food safety regulatory outlook for 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C., U.S. — Forecasting the direction of food safety policy and enforcement may be difficult in the wake of any general election. The incoming administration will select its own team, and this team may bring new visions and perspectives to federal agencies and offices. 

FDA Issues Draft Guidance on New Nutrition Facts Label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.

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Here comes sugar, packagers

Changes to packaged food labels and product formulations are already resulting, but now public awareness might also increase.

Why grocers and food brands need to create their own 'clean label' definitions

According to the Flavors of North America (FONA) 2017 Trend Insight Report, 64% of shoppers prefer foods that are minimally processed, and 54% look for food and beverage products with few and recognizable ingredients.

Traffic-light and numeric calorie labels cut calorie consumption by 10 Percent, research shows

Imagine you’re ordering lunch from your favorite online delivery spot, and just before submitting your order, you notice that the club sandwich in your cart is marked with a red stop light signifying high calorie content.

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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.

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.

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. 

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.

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. 

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.

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