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.

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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

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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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

December 20, 2016

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FDA Approves Health Claim for Resistant Starch and Reduced Diabetes Risk


The U.S. FDA has approved a petition filed by Ingredion Incorporated, Westchester, IL, resulting in a qualified health claim that will enable food manufacturers to communicate the relationship between high-amylose maize resistant starch and a reduced risk of Type 2 diabetes on the packages of conventional foods.

Source: FDA Approves Health Claim for Resistant Starch and Reduced Diabetes Risk

December 19, 2016

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Nestlé USA to fight lawsuit over citric acid in Lean Cuisine


Nestlé USA is the latest in a series of food companies to be targeted by New York-based law firm Lee Litigation Group over its use of the label claim ‘no preservatives’ on products containing citric acid.’ .

Source: Nestlé USA to fight lawsuit over citric acid in Lean Cuisine

December 19, 2016

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Is it legal to call plant-based beverages ‘milk’?


Is it legal for nut or other non-dairy based beverages sold in the US to describe themselves as ‘milk’ (almondmilk, cashewmilk, soymilk) on food labels?

Source: Is it legal to call plant-based beverages ‘milk’?

November 16, 2016

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USDA regulated meat and poultry products may voluntarily use the new FDA Nutrition Label Format   

Establishments May Voluntarily Use FDA’s Updated Nutrition Facts Label Format on Meat and Poultry ProductsFSIS announces that while the Agency is in the process of rulemaking to update the Nutrition Facts label format for meat and poultry products, establishments may voluntarily choose to use the Nutrition Facts label format that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently finalized on May 27, 2016. FDA finalized the “Food Labeling: Revision of the Nutrition and Supplement facts labels,” (81 FR 33742) and “Food Labeling: Serving Sizes of Foods That Can Reasonably be Consumed atOne-Eating Occasion; Dual-Column Labeling; Updating, Modifying and Establishing Certain Reference Amounts Customarily Consumed; Serving Size for Breath Mints and Technical Amendments”(81 FR 34000).As long as the information on the labels is still truthful and not misleading, FSIS will not find noncompliance if companies use the FDA format. When FSIS publishes a final rule to update the Nutrition Facts label format for meat and poultry products, companies would have to comply with that final rule by the effective date and will no longer be able to use the FDA format if it is different from the FSIS format. FSIS has posted an advance copy of the notice at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/wcm/connect/286ab693-1dc8-42ac-b295-1868b1b743a9/2016-0030.pdf?MOD=AJPERES.


Source: Constituent Update – November 10, 2016

November 7, 2016

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Generic no more: How private label products compete with national brands | Food Dive


Food Dive, provides a quick strengths/weaknesses comparison between branded and private label products.


Source: Generic no more: How private label products compete with national brands | Food Dive

November 3, 2016

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Prop 65 Prioritization 2016: Chemicals for Consultation by the Carcinogen Identification Committee

On Nov 15th, the Prop 65, committee will discuss the following chemicals for consideration:

 

  • Aspartame
  • Asphalt and Asphalt Emissions Associated with Road Paving and Asphalt and Asphalt Emissions Associated with Roofing
  • Methyl Chloride
  • Type I Pyrethroids
  • Vinyl Acetate

Comments are available for public review on a 45-day public comment period on five chemicals or chemical groups to be discussed at the November 2016 meeting of the Proposition 65 Carcinogen Identification Committee (CIC).


Source: Prioritization 2016: Chemicals for Consultation by the Carcinogen Identification Committee