Tag Archives: GMA

Final Comments on USDA’s BE Labeling Rule Debate Disclosure for Highly Refined Foods and Ingredients

The comment period on USDA’s proposed requirements to implement the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard (NBFDS) closed on July 3. As previously reported on this blog, when USDA asked for input prior to drafting the regulation, commenters disagreed on whether highly refined ingredients derived from bioengineered (BE) crops should be disclosed. As a result, in … Continue Reading

New Poll Shows Consumer Confusion Abounds Over Date labels

As previously covered on this blog, the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) and the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) launched an initiative this past February to streamline and standardize the wording accompanying the date labels on packages to offer greater clarity regarding the quality and safety of products.  The new voluntary initiative calls for the use of just … Continue Reading

Potential New Head of FDA Open to Delaying Nutrition Facts Label Changes

As previously covered on this blog, in May 2016, FDA issued final rules to implement changes to the nutrition and dietary supplement labeling and serving size regulations. Mandatory compliance with the new nutrition labeling requirements for food products that are initially introduced into interstate commerce is currently slated for July 26, 2018 (or July 26, 2019 for manufacturers … Continue Reading

New Date Labeling Initiative Launched to Reduce Consumer Confusion

Supermarket shelves are overflowing with food and beverage products sporting a dizzying array of date labels.  The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) and the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) report (here and here) that, as it stands, at least 10 different date labels on packages – such as Sell By, Use By, Expires On, Best Before, Better … Continue Reading

Scaling Back Sodium: GMA Comments on Short-term Sodium Reduction Guidelines

The Grocery Manufacturers of America (GMA) has requested that the short-term sodium reduction goals be extended to at least four years, and that FDA account for differing functional roles of sodium in its proposed sodium targets for certain food categories. As previously covered on this blog, on June 1, 2016, FDA issued a draft guidance document that provides … Continue Reading

Food Industry Generally Supports Extending POS Signage for Calif. Prop 65 BPA Warnings

The food and beverage industry generally supports extending the use of point-of-sale (POS) signage to indicate exposures from bisphenol A (BPA) present in cans, lids, and caps of packaged food and beverages at retail stores; however, the industry strongly opposes the requirement that companies submit information on whether BPA was intentionally used in the manufacture … Continue Reading

GMA and Vermont Agree to Drop GMO Lawsuit

The food industry, led by the Grocery Manufacturers of America (GMA), and Vermont have agreed to dismiss a federal lawsuit that challenged a state law requiring the labeling of certain foods made with genetically modified organisms. (Subscription to The New York Times required) As previously covered on this blog, Vermont’s labeling requirements for genetically modified … Continue Reading

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