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.
- Australian researchers looked at 186 studies about calories labeled on menus. They found that this labeling not only allowed people to select lower calorie items, but it also allowed restaurants to sell more of these choices too.
- Menu labeling policy is still in the works. Here is the update.
- Nebraska Cooperative Extension just released a “What’s on the Food Label” free slideshow presentation. Check out the slides here.
- The Food and Drug Administration will decide whether 26 Ingredients count as fiber, like chicory root, bamboo, or soy fiber. Manufacturers can use these powders and more to add fiber to their foods.
- Food and Drug Administration rebukes a bakery for claiming “love” as an ingredient in their granola.
- This federal bill would decrease the incidence of food waste through standardizing expiration date labels, encouraging school cafeteria’s to purchase lower-priced “ugly” fruits and vegetables, increasing funds that educate students about food waste and recovery, reducing wasted food throughout the federal government, requiring companies that contract with the federal government to donate surplus food to food banks and soup kitchens, increasing composting in federal facilities, investing in new technologies to increase the shelf life of fresh food, and requiring the US Department of Agriculture to establish a standard for how to estimate the amount of wasted food at the farm level.
- The Food and Drug Administration’s Commissioner elevates the need for Americans to have clear, concise calorie and nutrition information.
- Did you know that you can still submit comments regarding the new food label’s interim final rule? More details about the submission process can be found here.
- The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) extended the compliance date for restaurants and grocery stores to provide calories on menus.
- The FDA also extended the deadline for labeling requirements for the future Nutrition Facts Panel.
- Frustrations over the recent rulings of the FDA are placed front and center in this article.
- The compliance date for menu labeling rule was extended to May 7, 2018. Health and Human Services' Secretary Price praised the decision. More details on the matter here, there, and here. .
- The National Restaurant Association (NRA) expressed concerns about the delay of the law just days before the scheduled effective date. This delay upends plans that have been in motion for years throughout the food industry. This story shares the progress of menu labeling efforts.
- Michelle Obama criticizes a delay for changes in the nutrition facts label.
- Senators Portman and Heitkamp introduced the Regulatory Accountability Act (RAA). It would make it more challenging to adopt health and safety protections like any future initiatives around added sugars, food labeling, and sodium reduction.
- Should the United States petition to ban unsafe imported Brazilian beef and to require beef to be labeled with the country of origin?
- Here some good resources from the Not Really Expired campaign on reducing food waste.
- This storage guide from Virginia Cooperative Extension look at the best way to store food.
- Harvard’s report called “The Dating Game” will help you store foods properly.
- How can we make expiration dates less confusing? Policy makers are trying to solve the issue.
- From dietitian-approved to a new whole grain label, check out the three new food labels that will be coming out this year.
- The Grocery industry wants to reduce food waste by minmizing confusion about expiration dates. In this video, an Extension Food Safety Specialist clarifies what’s on the labels now!
- There is a surprising war going on about using the word, “milk” on packaging. That’s because milk producers and their lobbyist don’t believe that nut, rice, or soy milk are really milk!
- Why are expiration dates leading to so much food waste? Harvard’s Food, Law, and Policy Clinic released a short video on the matter.
- A hearing will be held on Thursday, March 9 from 8:30 AM-5:30 PM in the Hilton Washington DC Rockville Hotel. Up for discussion is the Food and Drug Administration’s definition of “healthy” on packaged foods. RSVP and find more information here.
- Less foods will be wasted because of the newly proposed “Best If Used By” date.
- A health claim petition was filed by the American Heart Association, and the Food and Drug Administration has announced. They want to amend the regulation on health claims regarding dietary saturated fat and cholesterol and the risk of coronary heart disease. That means, fruits and vegetables that are not “low fat” or “low cholesterol” might be able to market the that they are still good for you. Click here to read the proposed rule
- Carageenan, a food additive used to keep foods thick and creamy, is linked to cancer and will be taken out of organic foods.