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How Much is Too Much? Report on Fortified Foods Tries to Answer That Question

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Many Americans don’t get enough of the vitamins and minerals they should, but the Environmental Working Group (EWG) is now concerned that children and other vulnerable populations are exposed to excessive and unhealthy amounts in the foods they eat. The EWG report out Tuesday highlighted the levels of vitamin A, zinc and niacin in breakfast cereals… Continue Reading

FDA Proposal to Put ‘Added Sugars’ in Nutrition Facts Panel Sparks Debate

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Last week, legal analysts for OFW Law published a blog arguing that “Added Sugars” should not be included in the Food and Drug Administration’s revamp of the Nutrition Facts panel. “The White House seems to be pushing FDA to require more, including the disclosure of ‘Added Sugars,’ which may not be necessary or even beneficial,”… Continue Reading

Food Industry Associations Sue Vermont Over GMO Labeling Law

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National associations representing food and snack manufacturers are suing the state of Vermont over its law passed last month that will require foods produced with genetically modified ingredients to be labeled as such beginning July 2016. The lawsuit was filed jointly by the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), the Snack Food Association, the International Dairy Foods Association… Continue Reading

Nutrition Facts Label to Get Major Updates

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For the first time since it was developed in the early 1990s, the Nutrition Facts label is getting a new look. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday introduced plans for updating the label to include larger serving sizes, calorie counts in larger type and “added sugars” values, with the hope that it will… Continue Reading

NY Congressman Reintroduces Bill to Close Trans Fat Labeling Loophole

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On Nov. 22, Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY) reintroduced a bill that would require clearer labeling of trans fats on food packaging. In 2006, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration adopted a requirement that trans fats be listed on the nutrition facts panel of food packaging. But 0.4 gram or less is declared as “0g,” meaning companies can… Continue Reading

Cargill to Label Products Containing Finely Textured Beef

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Cargill Beef will begin labeling products that contain finely textured beef (FTB), a product sometimes referred to as “pink slime,” along with a similar product, lean finely textured beef made by Beef Products, Inc. The company plans to start using a label reading “Contains Finely Textured Beef” on its branded, U.S.-made ground beef before the 2014… Continue Reading

Confusing Food Date Labels Lead to Unnecessary Food Waste

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This originally appeared on Switchboard, the staff blog for the Natural Resources Defense Council, on Sept. 18. Here’s a surprising little secret: You know all those dates you see on food products — sell by, use by, best before? Those dates do not indicate the safety of your food, and, generally speaking, they’re not regulated…. Continue Reading

What’s in Your Drink? TTB Takes a Step Toward Alcohol Labeling

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How many calories are in a bottle of beer? How much alcohol is there in a shot of whiskey? How many serving are in a bottle of wine? Consumers would probably be hard-pressed to know the answers to these questions. Fortunately, that may soon change.  Late last month, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade… Continue Reading

Processing Aids: What’s Not on the Label, and Why?

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Walk down the aisles of any grocery store and grab a product off the shelf. Chances are, the label of whatever you grabbed will contain at least a few ingredients whose names don’t exactly roll off the tongue. There’s everything from xanthan gum in salad dressing to tripotassium phosphate in Cheerios, not to mention calcium… Continue Reading

USDA Requiring Labels on Blade & Needle Tenderized Beef

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The long-stalled new U.S. Department of Agriculture rule to require labeling mechanically-tenderized beef is back on the tracks. USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) published the rule with its proposed regulations on the agency’s website today and it will run soon on the Federal Register. After that, the public will have 60 days to… Continue Reading