February 17, 2017

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Confused by? Best by – Use by – Sell by

The Grocery manufacturers association (GMA) releases new industry guidance on Product Date Labels.

GMA

The new voluntary initiative streamlines the myriad date labels on consumer products packaging down to just two standard phrases. “BEST If Used By” describes product quality, where the product may not taste or perform as expected but is safe to use or consume. “USE By” applies to the few products that are highly perishable and/or have a food safety concern over time; these products should be consumed by the date listed on the package – and disposed of after that date.

 

Source: Grocery Industry Launches New Initiative to Reduce Consumer Confusion on Product Date Labels

February 17, 2017

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Use of the Term “Healthy” – FDA Public Meeting Washington DC – March 9th

Update (2/17/17): The meeting will offer a webcast for remote participation

The meeting format will include introductory  presentations, perspectives panels, and multiple opportunities for individuals to express their opinions at the meeting through oral presentations, participation in breakout sessions, and submission of  electronic or written comments (see ADDRESSES for information on  submitting comments). Source: Federal Register 2017-02-16

 

The FDA has issued a “Save the Date” –  The FDA invites interested parties to a Public Meeting on the Use of the Term “Healthy” in the Labeling of Human Food.

Thursday, March 9, 2017 (8:30 AM‐5:30 PM)Hilton Washington DC/Rockville Hotel 1750 Rockville PikeRockville, Maryland 20852.

More meeting specifics, including information on how to register for the meeting, will be made available early February through a Federal Register Notice, and on the FDA public meetings website.

Note: The Natural Products West conference is during the same time from March 8th to 12th. 

 

Source: FW: CFSAN Constituent Update – Save the Date for a Public Meeting on the Use of the Term Healthy – clientservices@knowledge-bank.net – Knowledge-bank.net Mail

January 19, 2017

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No longer Organic. Whey Protein and more…

The USDA Agricultural Marketing Service has issued a Proposed Rule to remove 11 products from the National List of organic exemptions. The prohibitions would take effect on the sunset date of June 27, 2017

The USDA through the National Organic Program (NOP) manages a National List of (a) synthetic substances that may be used and (b)  nonsynthetic substances that may not be used in organic production

Synthetic substances are to be removed from exemption:

  • lignin sulfonate
  • furosemide
  • magnesium carbonate

Nonsynthetic to be removed from exemption:

  • Chia
  • Dillweed oil
  • Frozen galangal
  • Inulin
  • Frozen lemongrass
  • Chipotle chile peppers
  • Turkish bay leaves
  • Whey protein concentrate

January 19, 2017

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Interest in immune support clinical trials increases, despite complexities of immune system


Deliver a product for better health, and you will certainly have a winner. But navigating the FDA to create “structure-function claims” that stand up to scrutiny is fraught with challenges.  In 2008 Airborne C ended up paying $23Million to settle claims.

NutraIngredients recent article provides some general guidelines.

Consumer interest in immune health is high but supporting potential structure-function claims for dietary supplements is challenging given the complexities of the immune system. Multiple options are available, leading CROs tell NutraIngredients-USA.


Source: Interest in immune support clinical trials increases, despite complexities of immune system

January 13, 2017

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What you need to know about Cognitive Improvement Claims


We all want to live a long and healthy life. We want to be mentally alert.  So its no wonder that products from dietary supplements, to foods and even smart phones are claiming “cognitive improvements”.  But before you consider entering that frothy market, be sure to read what the FDA has to say in their warning letter to Prevagen.

The Federal Trade Commission and New York State Attorney General have charged the marketers of the dietary supplement Prevagen with making false and unsubstantiated claims that the product improves memory, provides cognitive benefits, and is “clinically shown” to work.


Source: Prevagen Marketers Charged With Deceptive Cognitive Improvement Claims – Vitamin Retailer Magazine

January 13, 2017

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USDA will encourage farmers to go organic…

Farmers transitioning to organic soon could more easily sell their products at a premium even during the transition period before they are fully certified thanks to a new USDA program announced today.


Source: USDA will encourage farmers to go organic by harmonizing standards for transitional certification

January 6, 2017

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ConAgra Foods dealt blow by ninth circuit in ‘natural’ lawsuit

A hotly-anticipated opinion by the US court of appeals for the ninth circuit in a high-profile false advertising case, contains bad news for defendant ConAgra Foods (now ConAgra Brands), but may prove to be of less significance to other food manufacturers, say attorneys.


Source: ConAgra Foods dealt blow by ninth circuit in ‘natural’ lawsuit

January 6, 2017

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FDA: Processed fruit and vegetables could be ‘added sugars’ on new label | Food Dive

This could be critical for manufacturers struggling with how sugars are represented on the newly configured information panel.


Source: FDA: Processed fruit and vegetables could be ‘added sugars’ on new label | Food Dive

January 6, 2017

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Plant-based ‘milk’ letter reignites standards of identity debate


According to the National Milk Producers Federation – and 34 members of Congress who wrote to the FDA before Christmas – using the term ‘milk’ on plant-based beverages misleads consumers, harms the dairy industry and violates milk’s standard of identity (lacteal secretions from cows). But where does the FDA stand?


Source: Plant-based ‘milk’ letter reignites standards of identity debate

January 6, 2017

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Milan’s Supermarket of the Future is Worth A Look

 

If you think labeling is tough now, wait until you have fully interactive systems. This news report by Phil Liebert, gives us a glimpse into the future. Remember the “label” includes anything that describes your your product in the marketplace. This includes websites and other product information beyond whats printed in the label.  At KnowledgeBank, we think providing customers with transparent information, is a winning strategy that allows customers to find products that meet their own individual food philosophies.

Learn how to shop for groceries smarter, eat healthier, and live better. With new food product video reviews, recipes, food allergy information, grocery coupons, tips and deals, Phil Lempert alerts customers and business leaders to impending corporate and consumer trends, and empowers them to make educated purchasing and marketing decisions.


Source: SupermarketGuru – Milan’s Supermarket of the Future is Worth A Look