Transparency in the Food Industry

We live in a constantly evolving world and today more than ever customers are combing through labels and scrutinizing the foods they are consuming.  Companies are now listening with ears wide open to what the concerns are.  In the food industry over the past few years there has been two driving forces behind changes in the industry, one is the consumers movement for “clean labels” and the other is the over 20 years in the making labeling reform.  Both changes underline the same key concept, transparency.  One of the important aspects of transparency is it simply builds trust and gives the food industry more motive than ever to meet consumer demand.

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Expanding the Requirements of Packaging Within the Food Supply Chain

In 2011, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) was enacted into law, much of which created statutes to improve not only the capacity to detect but also the capacity to prevent food safety hazards. As 2017 marks the first year of full compliance food manufactures to importers are all impacted by its’ goal of preventing the contamination of all food products. Several additions to the law will focus on food suppliers having both backward and forward traceability.

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What are Nutrient Content Claims?

Often found on packaging are claims that describe directly or imply the level of a nutrient in a serving.   These claims are limited to those nutrients which are authorized by the FDA, and have established Daily Values.  These types of claims can be used without direct review by the FDA, however there is still compliance based on the Code of Federal Regulations that must be adhered to. more “What are Nutrient Content Claims?”

New Dietary Fiber Regulations

Since the new regulations came out in 2016 one of the most talked about changes deals with the added definition for dietary fiber. Prior to 2016 the FDA did not have an “official” definition which allowed suppliers to base their total dietary fiber amount solely on analytical testing. Since then there have been dramatic updates to the regulations.

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New Serving Sizes

The two final rules that the FDA issued pertain to food and supplement labeling as well as a rule that will amend reference amounts customarily consumed (RACCs) and regulations around serving sizes. These changes are made to help consumers make better informed decisions about the food they eat. more “New Serving Sizes”

Final Rule

In 2016, the FDA announced that it has finalized new rules that will make significant changes to nutrition labeling for the first time in more than 20 years, so what are these key changes?

  • Removing the mandatory declaration of “Calories from fat” because research is showing that the type of fat consumed is more important than the amount.

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Added Sugars

The new regulations released in 2016 set many additional labeling requirements for food manufacturers.  One of the biggest changes was the “added sugars” requirement now on the Nutrition Facts Panel.  more “Added Sugars”