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New York City Agrees to Postpone Menu Calorie Counts

New York City has agreed not to move forward with its plan to begin enforcing federal guidelines requiring restaurant chains and retail food outlets to post calorie counts on menus ahead of the government's May 2018 enforcement date.

US: FDA promises more menu labeling guidance by year-end

28 Aug 2017 The US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has pledged to provide further guidance on menu labeling requirements by the end of this year to address concerns from the eating-out sector.

Restaurant menus now likely to contain calorie counts by 2018

The Affordable Care Act is intact, Bill de Blasio is on hold, and FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb is on board. That means big restaurants’ menus might yet be required to include calorie counts under federal regulations.

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Clarity needed in clean labeling

NEW YORK — The “why” and “how” behind a product have become as important as the product itself, according to new research from the Nielsen Co. 

Snack companies may label macadamia health benefits following FDA approval

The labeling of macadamia nuts' health benefits, including reducing the risk of coronary heart disease, may appear on snack packaging having received FDA approval, said Royal Hawaiian Macadamia Nut.

Manufacturers reformulate with sugar as consumers sour on corn syrup

The U.S. Department of Agriculture finds the consumption of sweeteners, including sugar and corn syrup, is down 15% during the past 17 years, according to Bloomberg. The decline, however, is attributed almost entirely to the collapse of corn syrup.

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Digital GMO disclosure faces significant but manageable challenges, USDA study

Food and beverage manufacturers must work with the government and other stakeholders to overcome significant, but not insurmountable, challenges if they want to use QR codes or other digital technology to convey when products include genetically modified ingredients, according to research released earlier this month by the US Deparment of Ariculture.

Nutrition density on food labes could boost healthy choices — research

Researchers have suggested that the addition of Nutrient Rich Food Indices to food labels could help consumers make healthier purchasing decisions.

'Smart label' could tackle fraud, bolster food safety

Scientists have developed what they describe as a "low-cost, portable, paper-based sensor" that can be used to produce "smart labels" that detect food spoilage and contamination.

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