USDA Announces New Branded Food Products Database

NEW YORK, September 16, 2016 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today officially launched the USDA Branded Food Products Database, a free online resource for families, the food industry and researchers containing nutrition details on more than 80,000 name brand prepared and packaged foods available at restaurants and grocery stores. The announcement was made at the Read more about USDA Announces New Branded Food Products Database[…]

Early results suggest that the Mexico Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Tax is having an impact

In this age of instant gratification and social media get-rich quick stories, it may be easy to forget that truly substantial changes rarely happen overnight and instead are the result of concerted efforts over time. An example is the groundbreaking Mexico one peso tax (roughly 8 cents in United States currency) on sugar-sweetened beverages (e.g., Read more about Early results suggest that the Mexico Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Tax is having an impact[…]

FDA Issues Final Rule to Add Selenium to List of Required Nutrients for Infant Formula

FDA Issues Final Rule to Add Selenium to List of Required Nutrients for Infant FormulaConstituent UpdateJune 22, 2015The U. S. Food and Drug Administration today announced a final rule to add selenium to the list of required nutrients for infant formula, and to establish both minimum and maximum levels of selenium in infant formula.U.S. manufacturers Read more about FDA Issues Final Rule to Add Selenium to List of Required Nutrients for Infant Formula[…]

USFDA revokes GRAS status for partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs)

USFDA revokes GRAS status for partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) Based on the available scientific evidence and the findings of expert scientific panels, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA or we) has made a final determination that there is no longer a consensus among qualified experts that partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs), which are the primary dietary Read more about USFDA revokes GRAS status for partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs)[…]

Government of Canada announces proposed new nutrition labels and tools to promote healthier food choices

Improved Nutrition Facts table format and clearer labelling of sugar and serving sizes

June 12, 2015 – Toronto, Ontario

Today, the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health, took a major step forward in giving Canadians the information they need to make healthy food choices for themselves and their families by unveiling several initiatives including proposed changes to nutritional labelling regulations.

The proposed labelling changes aim to make it easier for Canadians to read labels and the Nutrition Facts table. Mandating consistent serving sizes will make it easier to compare nutrient contents of similar foods, and make more informed choices when selecting foods for themselves and their families. The ingredient list on the proposed new label would also be easier to read.

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Food industry says it supports reform to simplify Australia’s complex food labelling system – ABC Rural (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Australian food manufacturers remain wary of the cost of labelling reform, but support changes to make the system less complex.

The Federal Government is calling for public comment on new labelling proposals, which were released along with an online survey on Tuesday. […]

Slow-to-evolve FDA regulations could holdback 3D printing of food

Slow-to-evolve FDA regulations could holdback 3D printing of food. Investing in 3D printing could open new markets and generate huge cost savings for food manufacturers and retailers, but first companies must overcome potential regulatory and legal hurdles, many of which are not yet identified, warn food and drug lawyers with the firm Venable in Washington, Read more about Slow-to-evolve FDA regulations could holdback 3D printing of food[…]

Powdered alcohol gets federal agency’s approval – Lifestyle – The Boston Globe

Powdered alcohol gets federal agency’s approval – Lifestyle – The Boston Globe. A powdered alcohol intended to be mixed up into drinks has gained approval from a federal regulator. The product, called Palcohol, had received the greenlight from the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau briefly last year before the bureau backtracked and said Read more about Powdered alcohol gets federal agency’s approval – Lifestyle – The Boston Globe[…]

WHO | WHO calls on countries to reduce sugars intake among adults and children

WHO | WHO calls on countries to reduce sugars intake among adults and children.

A new WHO guideline recommends sugar guideline pub coveradults and children reduce their daily intake of free sugars to less than 10% of their total energy intake. A further reduction to below 5% or roughly 25 grams (6 teaspoons) per day would provide additional health benefits.

Free sugars refer to monosaccharides (such as glucose, fructose) and disaccharides (such as sucrose or table sugar) added to foods and drinks by the manufacturer, cook or consumer, and sugars naturally present in honey, syrups, fruit juices and fruit juice concentrates.

“We have solid evidence that keeping intake of free sugars to less than 10% of total energy intake reduces the risk of overweight, obesity and tooth decay,” says Dr Francesco Branca, Director of WHO’s Department of Nutrition for Health and Development. “Making policy changes to support this will be key if countries are to live up to their commitments to reduce the burden of noncommunicable diseases.”

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Commission opens inquiry into Danish ‘fat tax’ | EurActiv

Commission opens inquiry into Danish ‘fat tax’ | EurActiv. The European Commission suspects that Denmark’s so-called ‘fat tax’, introduced in 2011 but scrapped a year later, could be considered illegal state aid. Opening the case on Thursday (5 February), the EU executive said it sought to determine whether or not food producers who were not Read more about Commission opens inquiry into Danish ‘fat tax’ | EurActiv[…]