Why is the Food Industry Spending $50 Million to Confuse Consumers?

Why is the Food Industry Spending $50 Million to Confuse Consumers?

The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) and the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) are two trade groups representing the largest food companies in America. They are under pressure  from their member companies to alleviate the threat of the FDA’s new nutrition label, … Continue reading

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Hershey’s New Nutrition Offensive

Hershey’s New Nutrition Offensive

It always cracks us up to read about nutrition initiatives coming from candy companies. You’ve got to hand it to them, they keep trying. This time it’s the Hershey Company, stalwart of the chocolate addiction industry in the US. In … Continue reading

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Front of Pack Nutrition Labeling in the UK Set for 2013

Front of Pack Nutrition Labeling in the UK Set for 2013

The BBC reports that a uniform front of pack nutrition label is expected to appear on most food packages next year. The labels will not be mandatory, as that would require a pan European agreement, but the British government is … Continue reading

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Which Simplified Nutrition Label Works Best for Consumers?

Which Simplified Nutrition Label Works Best for Consumers?

The CDC last week published the findings of an online consumer survey recently conducted to learn what Front of Pack (FOP) nutrition labeling system is most understandable. 480 people had to select one of five choices as most elucidating: no … Continue reading

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The FDA (Sort of) Approves Industry’s Front of Pack Nutrition Label

The FDA (Sort of) Approves Industry’s Front of Pack Nutrition Label

Food Navigator reports that the FDA is supporting the food industry’s rollout of the Facts Up Front nutrition labeling scheme (formerly known as Nutrition Keys).  This front of pack (FOP) system was seen by many, including Fooducate, as a preemptive move to undercut federal … Continue reading

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Facts Up Front Label – Recycling Consumer Confusion

Facts Up Front Label – Recycling Consumer Confusion

In January we reported on the food industry’s attempt to preempt an FDA directive on front of package nutrition labels. It was called Nutrition Keys and it was supposed to make it easier for consumers to choose healthy packaged food. … Continue reading

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1862 – 2014: A Brief History of Food and Nutrition Labeling

1862 – 2014: A Brief History of Food and Nutrition Labeling

In the early 13th century, the king of England proclaimed the first food regulatory law, the Assize of Bread, which prohibited bakers from mixing ground peas and beans into bread dough. Ever since, it has been a cat and mouse game between the food industry and the public (fast forward to China 2008 – melamine in milk powder anybody?). In the US, food regulation dates back to early colonial times. Here is a brief overview of the last 150 years of government and industry food regulation: Continue reading

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