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.
- The National Bureau of Economic Research shares a study about calorie labeling on restaurant menus which reduced consumption by 3%. Resources here.
- The US Department of Agriculture shares their proposed genetically engineered label for foods
- The Food and Drug Administration provided a comprehensive, multi-year nutrition innovation strategy. Key elements of the proposal focus on modernizing claims, labels, standards of identity, menu and nutrition facts labeling and sodium reduction. Find more on those key elements here.
- The Food and Drug Administration and US Department of Agriculture are teaming up to figure out what is legally allowed to be called “meat”.
- Missouri is the first state to manage meat’s definition. Here is why this definition is important.
- This bill would establish the Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Safety Warning Act which requires a warning on various drinks sold in vending machines or beverage dispensing machines or where a sugar-sweetened beverage is sold in an unsealed container. A penalty of $50, but no greater than $500 would be issued if necessary. All money collected would be allocated to the departments enforcing these laws.
- Jersey might require restaurants to label major allergens on their menu.
- 8 new types of powdered fiber were approved by the Food and Drug Administration. Trick is, this fiber might not help with regularity but instead increases calcium absorption. Various fibers actually have different effects on our body. Find out more here.
- Almond or soy milk products might need to go by another name.The dairy industry wants to impose this change.
- Genetically engineered golden rice does not contain enough beta-carotene to label its nutrient value, even though it was initially grown for nutrient deficiencies in third world countries.
- The US Department of Agriculture outlines the first draft of the Genetically Modified Food Label.
- The Food and Drug Administration wants to place potassium on the nutrition label.
- The Food and Drug Administration moves to name carbohydrates "fiber" but wants to clarify fiber's definition first.
- See calories labeled per serving and per portion size. Love it!
- Canada wants health warnings on their food labels. But, the U.S. is trying to use the NAFTA trade agreement to stop them. Chile was Canada’s role model; they already provided health warnings on their food by placing stop signs on their food packages. with high levels of salt, sugar, calories, and saturated fat.”
- You could be eating genetically modified foods 5 years from now. This science changed over the years, so this is such an interesting read wherever you stand on the issue. The US Department of Agriculture just gave their approval. Wonder what the food label might look like?
- Menu labeling on restaurant chain menus will be in full effect at the beginning of May 2018. Keep an eye out.
- What does the NAFTA trade agreement have to do with front-of-package nutrition labels? A lot.
- Last week, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb announced a new initiative strategy focused on public health strategies to improve nutrition through asking the food industry to create healthier products. Read the strategy here and Gottlieb’s speech here. A dietitian collects more information on the matter here.
- This summer, foods will no longer contain any significant amounts of trans-fats. The food producer’s perspective on this transition can be found here.
- A Greener World produced a report defining our food labels. It’s called, “Food Labels Exposed: A definitive guide to common food label terms and claims”.
- The Food and Drug Administration’s “Healthy Innovation, Safer Families: FDA’s 2018 Strategic Policy Roadmap” was printed in January.
- What a nice refresher on the “Natural food label”.
- The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is looking to revoke the health claim that soy can reduce heart disease. This is the first time that the FDA has reversed its stance on a nutrient. More in this article.
- Are shoppers savvier? They’re looking past misleading food labels!
- The Hartman group summarized the impact of food labeling in this image.
- Last week, the House passed the Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act weakening menu labeling provisions enacted under the Affordable Care Act. Opposing the bill, the Center for Science in the Public Interest issued this statement . CNN also covered the bill. Check this summary outlining arguments of the bill’s proponents and opponents. The bill’s fate is uncertain in the Senate. The House adopted a similar bill 2016, but it died in the Senate.