Food Labels, Claims, and Customer Decision Making
Types of Claims and Their Definitions
New Regulations and What They Mean for You
Arsenic, once known as the “king of poisons,” is a naturally occurring element found worldwide at low levels in water, food, air, and soil. Human exposure to arsenic can occur through ingestion of unregulated drinking water and certain agricultural commodities, particularly rice. In recent years, several studies by consumer advocacy groups have highlighted the presence of this toxic metal in a variety of food products.
On August 5, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a long-awaited guidance establishing an action level of 100 parts per billion (ppb) for inorganic arsenic in infant rice cereal. While the FDA action level is a good start, the United States still lags behind other nations in terms of setting limits for heavy metals in food. Here are five facts to consider in regard to arsenic and the food supply. Continue Reading
Are you trying to avoid an unnecessary or non-consumer-friendly ingredient declaration? Are you looking to build a clean label? Or do you ever wonder if a specific ingredient falls under the definition for “incidental additives” and may be exempt from an ingredient listing?