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FDA grants enforcement discretion for the use of UF milk in cheeses

The Food and Drug Administration issued a rule to be published in the Federal Register which grants enforcement discretion for the use and labeling of ultrafiltered milk in all standardized cheeses and related cheese products covered by the federal standards of identity.

How the New Food Waste Policy Could Affect Your Business

The new Food Recovery Act (H.R. 3444) could become the first national food waste policy could have numerous implications for several sectors of the U.S economy.

New Food Labeling Health Claim Approved by FDA

Health claims on food have become a tricky business lately, as consumers are now more aware of what they are eating and require more transparency from manufacturers.

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Clearer food labelling on the cards with new whole grain food definition

An academia-industry collaboration has agreed on a definition that makes the whole grain content in foods clearer in its labelling, with the aim of providing clarity for consumers and manufacturers. 

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.

Hunger for organic food continues to grow

Despite the heftier price tag, sales of organic food items continue to rise. USA Today reports sales of organic food is up 8.4% over the previous year, hitting a record 43 billion in sales in 2016.

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'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.

Where are we on Defining ‘Natural’?

Like mosquitoes on a summer evening, lawsuits on the use of the term “natural” are stinging food companies. While it’s been suggested that an excess of regulations is suppressing industry growth, this is one instance where a regulatory definition might help.

Nielsen Confirms 'Clean' Labels Boosting CPG Sales

Featuring “clean” product attributes on labels is paying off handsomely across a wide array of food, beverage and other CPG/FMCG categories, Nielsen data confirm.

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Food quality, not quantity, matters to label lovers

People who pay attention to nutrition labels are more concerned with the quality of the food they eat, choosing to eat more fruits, vegetables and beans, and shunning potatoes and refined grains.

Survey reveals consumer confusion about food labels

Modern millennial moms are fortunate to have an abundance of choices when it comes to what they want to feed their young families. This can be seen as both a blessing and a curse because with all of these choices comes a myriad of questions, concerns, doubts and mom guilt.

In Age of Sugar Reduction and 'Clean Label,' Sweetner Manufacturers Adapt

"When consumers are asked an open-ended question, 'What are you trying to avoid,' the top three out of four answers are related to a sweetener," Andy Ohmes, global director of high intensity sweeteners at Cargill, told FoodNavigator-USA.

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?

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.

Millennials are 'the most health-conscious generation ever,' says report by The Halo Group

From certification seals to romance text to website blog posts, many packaged food and beverage brands put a lot of thought (and resources) into creating convincing nutrition-related arguments to persuade buyers. But among millennials, only 26% of them actually pay attention to these. 

Where in the world is this food from? Traceability initiatives let consumers know

Today’s consumers want to know where their food came from, how it was produced, and be able to follow a product’s journey from farm to fork.

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. 

Food giants want to "integrate" portion sizes into UK labels

One of the six food and beverage heavyweights aiming for the introduction of "harmonised" nutrition labels across the EU has said the companies would want to "integrate" information on portion sizes into the labels already used on packaging in the UK.

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.

Soda, beer and chips end up in carts — despite shoppers' desire for healthy food

Grocery Headquarters' annual State of the Industry Almanac found that carbonated beverages were the top-selling supermarket category with $10.6 billion in sales, despite the bottled water segment's 8% sales increase. 

‘Low content’ claims on food labels may confuse consumers

Food labels that say ‘low salt’ or ‘no fat’ may be misleading, suggests a new study.

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.

Sweeteners face international, domestic challenges

DANA POINT, Calif. — U.S. officials need to pay more attention to opposition to sweeteners in international organizations, a representative of the Grocery Manufacturers Association told the International Sweetener Colloquium in Dana Point, Calif., last week.

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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