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Food and Nutrition Labeling - 2015 Updates

Various Acts encourage changes to the current Nutrition Facts Panel; calorie labeling on restaurant menus, in grocery stores, and other food venues; regulation of dietary supplement ingredients; monitoring of health claims and much more.

This page will keep you up-to-date on modifications being made by health professionals, government, industry, and public comment.


Updates:

12/21/2015

12/8/2015

  • The house passed a vote about the “Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act”   (H.R. 2017) that would change the final Food and Drug Administration menu-labeling requirements. It calls for altered calorie counts on food menus, along with exemptions for some restaurants and other food retailers from complying with menu rules. See the adjustments to this bill here.
  • Be ready communities, policymakers, and practitioners! The National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research (NCCOR) is hosting a webinar on December 9 at 3:00 PM (ET). It will look at the novel findings from the Childhood Obesity Intervention Cost-Effectiveness Study (CHOICES) project. The study shares first-of-its-kind estimates of the cost-effectiveness, impact, and other crucial information about interventions like taxes on sugar-sweetened beverages, elimination of the tax subsidy for advertising unhealthy food to children, nutrition standards for food and drinks in and outside of school meals, calorie labeling on menus, adolescent bariatric surgery, and better early care and education. Register and learn more.
  • After thousands of people filed three Citizen Petitions, the Food and Drug Administration is asking for public comment regarding the “Natural” label on various foods. Commentary is accepted until February 10, 2016. You can find it here.
  • There have been rollbacks on parts of the Food and Drug Administration bill that requires establishments serving food to list the caloric content of their meals on menus. See what this means here.

10/29/2015

  • The debate on placing added sugar on the Nutrition Facts Panel continues. This article shares what's happening and collected further resources for more details.
  • The House ended up passing a bill that blocks the need to label Genetically Modified Organisms on food labels. Read this article for more details and the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act can be found here.

8/13/2015

8/6/2015

  • The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act (HR 1599) calls for voluntary labeling of foods with genetically modified ingredients, would void state laws regarding the label, and would restrict national labeling of genetically modified food while establishing a certification process for labeling non-GE crops. Click here to learn more about the bill.
  • The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) proposed to adjust the footnote on the Nutrition Facts Label to help consumers understand the percent daily value (%DV). The FDA is about to report their studies on research of this provision, alongside consumer response to putting "added sugar" label.  Read a summary here. Click here the supplement.

7/21/2015

  • The House Agriculture Committee adopted a bipartisan bill to provide national uniformity for the voluntary labeling of foods with genetically modified ingredients. The proposed bill would void state laws regarding mandatory labeling of Genetically Modified Organism (GMO), restrict any labeling of genetically modified food and establish a certification process for labeling non-Genetically Engineered ingredients. Click here to learn more about the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act (HR 1599). Currently, this Act is under scruteny, so the House decided to give the issue back to the Food and Drug Administration for more deliberation.
  • The 2016 Agriculture Spending Bill is still up for deliberation, but the bill contains a proposal to delay restaurant menu labeling rules implementation until 2016.
  • Check out the Journal of Health Affairs’ Health Policy Brief which describes the details of the Food and Drug Administration’s menu labeling rule.
  • The Food and Drug Administration requests that “added sugar” is labeled on the Nutrition Facts Panel and that it stays at a “Daily Value” on food labels stays at 10% of calories. See more information about the proposal on this blog post.

6/15/2015

  • This Safe and Accurate Food Labelling Act was introduced on to Congress. Here is a list of what has happened within throughout the year. Soon, there will be a summary of the 2015 Act here.
  • The Society of Nutrition Education and Behavior voiced their and much of their membership's opinion about food labeling in various restaurant and grocery shopping venues. They're commenting on the statements proposed in a hearing about the Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act of 2015. You'll find the Act and other materials about it under various tabs on this webpage.
  • The Food and Drug Administration keeps an archive of what's happening in Food and Nutrition Labeling from menu labelling in restaurants to managing health claims on foods. Click the side tabs for more information on each subject.

6/4/2015

  • Progress on the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act is summarized here.

6/2/2015

1/13/2015

  • The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the uniform compliance date, January 1, 2018, for the food labeling regulations. Any proposals from 2015 and 2016 will be required by that time. Access the final FDA rule is published in the Federal Register.