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Food labeling in India set for overhaul

Labels on packaged food in India will soon inform you of the product's exact dietary component. Currently, they might mention vaguely (though not necessarily) details about calories, fat, sugar, carbohydrates and some other nutrients.

FDA considering nutrition facts panel delay

The Food and Drug Administration is considering a delaying implementation of a revamped nutrition facts panel on retail goods.

Michigan grocers add calorie labeling on prepared foods despite FDA rule delay

BYRON TOWNSHIP, MI If you have shopped at a Family Fare store lately, you might have noticed new digital menu boards at the deli detailing know many calories are in the panini you are ordering. 

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Hungarian law to require "distictive warning" labels on foods with inferior ingredients

As Bulgaria's prime minister slams dual quality foods as 'apartheid', a draft law by Hungary would see warning labels on foods with a different ingredient composition outside the country, but experts say it's on shaky legal ground. 

The attack on sugars ramp up

The non-profit group, the Union of Concerned Scientists has filed a petition with the FDA to prohibit foods that are high in sugars to make health or nutrient claims such as “healthy” or “high in fiber.”

Futuristic packaging changes colors when food spoils

Braskem, a thermoplastic resin producer, has joined with universities in the U.S. and Brazil to develop fresh food packaging that will change color when food is hazardous to consume, according to Food Navigator.

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Swedish shoppers' baskets filled with healthier foods, survey finds

Consumers in Sweden are eating healthier compared to five years ago as a survery finds an overall decrease in sugar and salt intake whilst consumption of healthy fats and vitamin D have increased.

Millennials are aging, what's driving their snack purchase decisions now?

When data on marketing food and beverages to Millennials first came out, they tended to portray this age group as adventurous (and broke) twenty-somethings. But members of this generation have aged, and their purchasing drivers have changed, according to one generational expert. 

GMO labeling remains a ‘front-panel’ issue for brands

In recent years, public awareness campaigns have aimed to inform consumers of the presence of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), but stopped short (so far) of eliminating them. According to Mintel Reports, consumers do not avoid GMOs on quite the same level as artificial preservatives, flavors and sweeteners.

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CA bill proposes warning labels on food with artificial colors

California State Sen. Bob Wieckowski has introduced a bill requiring warning labels on food containing artificial colors in California, according to a release from his office.

Consider the Source: Nutritional Information Required for FDA Menu Labeling Compliance Must Begin with Reliable Data

Consumer demand for more information about the foods we eat is fueling changes in the foodservice industry, and new menu labeling requirements will help to bring some of that information to restaurant customers. With the regulatory deadline fast approaching, that leaves operators with a lot of work to do, and time is running short.

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.

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.

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. 

Newly redesigned Nutrition Facts label rolled out

As mandated by the Food and Drug Administration, the latest version of the redesigned Nutrition Facts label was unveiled Monday by RL Food Testing Laboratory, according to a company release emailed to Food Dive. The California-based food labeling company worked with the FDA in developing the new label.

COOL provisions changed to add venison meat

Once finalized, retailers and suppliers would be required to keep records and provide their customers with notification of the country of origin of muscle cuts and ground venison they sell.

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.

FDA Public Meeting on Term 'Healthy' in Food Labeling

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Wednesday a public meeting to discuss the use of the term "healthy" in the labeling of food products. The public meeting will be held on March 9 from 8:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. at the Hilton Washington DC/Rockville Hotel, 1750 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Md.

F.D.A. gives bakers options in listing added sugars

WASHINGTON — Manufacturers have two options in declaring the amount of added sugars in a baked food when sugar is added for fermentation during the leavening process, according to a Food and Drug Administration draft guidance issued Jan. 4


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 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. 

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