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Food and Nutrition Labeling - 2017 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.






  • 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



  • 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.



  • 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. 




  • 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.