Lipstick on a Pig

Debra Topham, Director for Knowledge Bank –  spoke at this year’s IFT meeting; and was picked up by the news by Mary Ellen Kuhn.

Debra Topham

This is not simply putting lipstick on a pig

Debra Topham in a session titled “Navigating the New Nutrition Labeling Regulations for Various Segments of the Food Industry.” It’s a serious mistake to believe that label changes can be accomplished quickly and easily, said Topham. “I’m here to tell you that that is a myth.

“This is not simply putting lipstick on a pig,” she continued. “You will not find it easy to take the old numbers and slap them into a new format.” For one thing, she observed, not all labeling software is created equal, so it’s important to exercise caution in this area. “Not all software is generating [data] that is compliant with the new Nutrition Facts format.”


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