Michelle Obama’s War on Food Deserts

Michelle Obama’s War on Food Deserts

Earlier this week, the first lady was joined by a band of grocery retailers and the Partnership for a Healthier America in announcing a bold new move to reduce food deserts in America. Details: 1. The program will be bringing … Continue reading

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Six Reasons “Smart Choices” Food Labeling Won’t Help Shoppers

Six Reasons “Smart Choices” Food Labeling Won’t Help Shoppers

The “Smart Choices” front of package food labeling scheme officially launches this week. 500 Packaged foods from ConAgra, General Mills, Kellogg’s, Kraft, PepsiCo, Sun-Maid, Tyson and Unilever are already approved. The program hopes to take nutrition confusion out of your … Continue reading

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The Problem with Supervalu’s NutritionIQ Rating Program (Now at Cub Foods Too)

The Problem with Supervalu’s NutritionIQ Rating Program (Now at Cub Foods Too)

Confused by nutrition labels and ingredient lists? You’re not alone. Despite the best intentions of the FDA’s nutrition labeling regulations, most consumers still can’t reasonably compare two similar products for their nutrition parameters. There are just too many variables – … Continue reading

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“Healthy Elements” – Yet Another Nutrition Label to Confuse Shoppers

“Healthy Elements” – Yet Another Nutrition Label to Confuse Shoppers

Supervalu is one fo the largest grocery retailers and wholesalers in the US. IN January they jumped on the front-of-package-nutrition-labeling wagon when they introduced NutritionIQ at some of their Albertson’s locations. Now the company is introducing a different scheme, named … Continue reading

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Regional Grocery Chain, United Supermarkets, Introduces TAG Nutrition Labeling Program

Regional Grocery Chain, United Supermarkets, Introduces TAG Nutrition Labeling Program

Simplified nutrition labels are becoming daily news this month. Just yesterday we reported on giant SuperValu’s nutritionIQ program, and today we learn of the much smaller, western Texas United chain introduction of a consumer friendly nutrition guidance system, the TAG … 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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