Tag Archives: Food Labeling

New Study Finds Prevalence of Sesame Allergy, as Illinois Becomes First State to Mandate Sesame Labeling on Packaged Foods

A new study by researchers from Northwestern University found that 0.49% of Americans, or 1.5 million children and adults, reported having an allergy to sesame, based on responses to a national survey of over 50,000 households. The results of the study indicate that there may be more Americans with a sesame allergy than there are … Continue Reading

As War Over Plant-Based Food Labeling Wages On In The US, UK Sub-Committee Concludes Consumers Not Misled By Vegetarian “Burgers”

On July 25, 2019, a United Kingdom parliamentary sub-committee found that words like “burger,” “sausage,” and “steak” to describe plant-based foods are not misleading to consumers. Indeed, the House of Lords EU Energy and Environment Sub-Committee have raised concerns that a ban on the use of such descriptors for plant-based foods would actually reduce consumer … Continue Reading

FSIS Publishes Tips for Label Application Submissions Amidst Evaluation Backlogs

Meat, poultry, and egg product establishments are responsible for accurately labeling their products in conformance with regulations, guidance and policy enforced by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). FSIS has published a number of resources to help regulated entities navigate labeling requirements for FSIS-regulated products, including guidance documents … Continue Reading

Plaintiffs Cling to Slim Chance of Success in 9th Circuit After 2nd Circuit Affirms the Term “Diet” is Not False and Misleading in Name of Soft Drink Sweetened with Aspartame

 2nd Circ. Cans Diet Coke Drinkers’ False Ad Suit (Subscription to Law360 required) The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit dismissed the plaintiffs’ lawsuit in Geffner v. The Coca Cola Company, Case No. 18-16721, Decided: June 27, 2019 over claims that the “diet” labeling in Diet Coke is false and misleading.  The panel … Continue Reading

Despite Gottlieb’s Exit, FDA’s Nutrition Innovation Strategy Marches Forward

As previously reported on this blog, FDA’s Nutrition Innovation Strategy (NIS) is intended to improve public health via education regarding, and encouraging innovation in, the use of nutrition to promote health. The NIS was initiated under the leadership of FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb. Areas of emphasis are modernizing the approach to label claims, modernizing standards … Continue Reading

ITIF Petitions FDA to Prohibit Non-GMO Claims on Food Labels

A citizen petition filed on September 24, 2018 by the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation (ITIF) asked FDA to prohibit “non-GMO” food labeling claims, including the Non-GMO Project butterfly logo and label. ITIF argues in the petition that such claims mislead and deceive consumers about foods, food ingredients, and their characteristics related to health and … Continue Reading

FDA Announces Public Meeting to Discuss Nutrition Innovation Strategy

In March, FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb announced a comprehensive, multi-year FDA Nutrition Innovation Strategy, which aims to modernize FDA’s approach to nutrition, help reduce the burden of chronic disease that stems from poor nutrition, and remove barriers to industry innovation. On June 27, 2018, FDA published a notice of public meeting and a request … Continue Reading

Health Canada Publishes Proposed Front-of-Package Labeling Regulations and Launches Stakeholder Consultation

As previously reported on this blog, Health Canada recently announced revisions to food labeling requirements as a part of the Healthy Eating Strategy for Canada. One of the key initiatives under the Strategy is Front-of-Package (FOP) labeling for foods that are high in nutrients designated by the agency as being of public health concern: saturated … Continue Reading

FDA Commissioner Gottlieb indicates future of FDA’s role in defining claims such as “healthy”

As previously reported on this blog, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) received a Citizen Petition from KIND in December 2015 requesting that the Agency revisit the definition of “healthy” – which has not changed since 1994 – to take into account present-day scientific understanding about the health benefits of many nutrient-dense foods.  In September … Continue Reading

San Francisco Ordinance Requires Grocery Chains to Disclose Antibiotic Use in Meat

For years, FDA, USDA, and various industry stakeholders have sought to tackle public health concerns associated with the use of medically important antibiotics to promote growth or feed efficiency in food-producing animals.  In the U.S., FDA is working with industry to gradually phase out the use of medically important antimicrobials in food animals for production … Continue Reading

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