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Regulatory Round-Up: What is a ‘Healthy’ Food? - FDA Reconsidering the Definition of ‘Healthy’

Posted by Patrick Kennedy

March 23, 2017 at 10:00 AM

healthy_reg_blog.jpegWhat is a “healthy” food? Should a “healthy” food contain specific levels of vitamins and minerals? Conversely, should a “healthy” food limit potentially harmful components such as saturated fat, cholesterol, sugar or sodium? Questions surrounding the definition of a “healthy” labeling claim have surged in recent years due to the rising consumer demand for nutritious foods. 

To address this labeling issue, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) convened a meeting this month with industry stakeholders and consumer advocates. The meeting featured panel sessions, oral presentations and breakout sessions to facilitate a discussion regarding scientific data, consumer perceptions, and the current federal nutrition guidelines. Ultimately, the goal of the meeting was to reach a consensus supporting a revised definition and regulatory criteria for a “healthy” food labeling claim.

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Topics: Nutritional Labeling, FDA Regulation Updates, Regulations, Health Claims, Label Claims, Food Label

A Beginner's Guide to GMOs

Posted by Katie Schott

November 16, 2016 at 1:00 PM

gmo_blog_photo.jpegGenetically Modified Organism (GMO) claims are being spotted more frequently on food labels as the debate over the health of GMO ingredients heats up. Many food manufactures are trying to get ahead of the regulations by either disclosing the use of GMOs in their products or getting products certified as “Non-GMO.”

Many consumers don’t realize how long GMO foods have been on the market. The first commercially available GMO food made available on the market was a tomato in the 1990s! The rise of GMO foods brought a parallel demand for disclosure on food labels.

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Topics: Food Testing, Genetically Modified Organisms, GMOs, Label Claims, NonGMO

Are You Up-To-Date on Glyphosate?

Posted by Katie Schott

October 19, 2016 at 1:30 PM

shutterstock_378322951_copy.jpgIn case you haven’t noticed, consumer demand for transparency in food production has been the at the center of the news in the past few months. Most recently, you may have been hearing a lot about the herbicide glyphosate due to its presence in a number of oat and honey products.

According to the National Pesticide Information Center, glyphosate has been in use since 1974 and is now one of the most widely used herbicides in the United States. It kills weeds by destroying proteins essential to their growth. 

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Topics: GMOs, Natural, Glyphosate, Herbicide, Label Claims, Oats


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