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In today’s society, concerns about food safety often revolve around allergens and pathogens. However, safe food goes beyond these considerations for a growing number of people in the United Kingdom.

Preventing foodborne illness and managing allergens remains vital but it is equally important to widen the definition of food safety to include the provision of essential nutritional information.

The availability of comprehensive nutritional data in all food outlets is crucial for individuals managing conditions such as diabetes. Diabetics rely on precise carbohydrate information to calculate their insulin dosage accurately.

Type 1 diabetes is a serious, autoimmune condition

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The Wall Street Journal’s May 22 Health Forum at the Four Seasons Hotel in Washington D.C. will feature 22 speakers, including several CEOs for big pharmacy and giant insurance companies.

But in a full-page advertisement, which WSJ has been running at the expense of its paper and ink, the top billing goes to Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb.

Scott Gottlieb

Gottlieb will complete his first year as FDA Commissioner on May 11. He returned a year ago to head FDA, where he’d earlier served as deputy commissioner for Medical and Scientific Affairs. The
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Ahead of the effective date for those new, long-awaited menu labeling regulations, which is May 7, 2018, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is out with some non-binding “guidance” to help with implementation. FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb rolled out the guidance this week, using the occasion to underscore his commitment to improving nutritional information.

“As someone who enjoys eating out with my family and picking up the occasional take-out meal, I – like many Americans – want to know what’s in the food I eat,” Gottlieb said.

“As FDA Commissioner, I also know that more people are eating meals away
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Every once in a while in the news business, a feeling comes through our once ink-filled veins. It does not reach everyone at the same time or place, but eventually we all say it: “I think we’ve turned a page.”

That’s what I began feeling during the past week or so. Part of it is certainly due to the transition in government, but it’s more than that.

We are never surprised when FDA turns to a federal judge to obtain an order for U.S. Marshals to seize adulterated products. But it raised our eyebrows up off our forehead when we
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Calorie counts are coming to menus and vending machines near you. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced today that it has finalized its two rules requiring that calorie information be listed on menus and menu boards in chain restaurants, similar retail food establishments and vending machines with 20 or more locations. “Strikingly, Americans eat and drink about a third of their calories away from home – often consuming less nutritious foods and also underestimating the calories that they eat,” FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg told reporters Monday evening. No single action can fix the obesity epidemic, but the labeling is
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