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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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