Foods with MORE Nutrition than Shown on their Label

Foods with MORE Nutrition than Shown on their Label

This is a guest post by Carol Harvey, Director of food/nutrition labeling and product development at Palate Works. Why would a food company show less of a beneficial nutrient than a product contains? For the same reason they might overstate one – … Continue reading

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Finally! The FDA Goes After Misleading Health Labels

Finally! The FDA Goes After Misleading Health Labels

Big news in nutrition labeling! The FDA has sent  a WARNING LETTER to 17 food manufacturers notifying them that 22 of their food products violate the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. From yesterday’s FDA press release: The violations cited … Continue reading

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Nutrition Experts: Five Reasons to Kill Front-of-Package Food Labels

Nutrition Experts: Five Reasons to Kill Front-of-Package Food Labels

Two of the most respected and independent experts on nutrition have published an editorial article in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) calling for the ban of front of package nutrition labels and health claims. The paper, entitled … Continue reading

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Sugary Desserts to Lose Heart Check Symbol

Sugary Desserts to Lose Heart Check Symbol

The Heart Check Symbol – one of the first front-of-pack nutrition labels – was created by the American Heart Association in 1995. The idea was to give people a quick visual cue as to foods that were low in saturated … Continue reading

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FDA to Take On the “Serving Size” Hoax

FDA to Take On the “Serving Size” Hoax

The best kept secret in the food industry is its liberal use of the definition of a serving size. You’d think a serving size should reflect what the average person consumes, but it seems that many manufacturers are selling their … Continue reading

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“Health-Claim Jumping” at the Winter Fancy Food Show

“Health-Claim Jumping” at the Winter Fancy Food Show

This is a guest blog post by Carol Harvey, director of nutrition labeling at Palate Works. She recently visited the San Francisco Fancy Food Show. For 35 years, the Fancy Food Show has been the trade show of all things … Continue reading

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A New Year’s Resolution for the Food Industry – Honest Nutrition Labeling

A New Year’s Resolution for the Food Industry – Honest Nutrition Labeling

Just as the year is ending, the tireless consumer advocacy group CSPI (Center for Science in the Public Interest) has sent a 158 page report to the FDA, entitled Food Labeling Chaos – the case for reform [download PDF]. In … Continue reading

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The FDA Wants YOU! Help Improve Nutrition Labeling

The FDA Wants YOU! Help Improve Nutrition Labeling

Help the FDA Improve NUTRITION FACTS LABELS The FDA is reconsidering the Nutrition Facts Panel. Almost 20 years after the Nutrition Labeling and Education Act of 1990, and with soaring rates of obesity, one could argue that the goals of … Continue reading

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Good News? UK Recommended Calorie Intake to Increase…

Good News? UK Recommended Calorie Intake to Increase…

Have they gone mad in Great Britain? SACN, the UK’s Scientific Advisory Council on Nutrition, has just released a draft proposal [download] which claims that the dietary guidelines for daily caloric intake should be revised UPWARDS by up to 16%. … Continue reading

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The Food Industry Agrees – Food Labels are Misleading

The Food Industry Agrees – Food Labels are Misleading

IFIC, The International Food Information Council, is a trade group representing the interests of food, beverage, and agricultural industries mostly in the US. Recently IFIC published a report entitled “2009 Food & Health Survey – Consumer Attitudes toward Food, Nutrition … Continue reading

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