USA: NFPA urges food labeling focus on health and safety
"FDA already requires that food labels provide the health, nutrition and safety information needed for consumers to make informed choices. Moreover, FDA has ample existing authority to take enforcement action against misleading label claims.
"The product names, pictures and flavor descriptors on packaging are there to attract the consumer's attention and to describe the product and its characterizing flavor or taste. Year after year, consumer surveys show taste is the number one factor for consumer food choices. To find out about product contents, consumers should turn to the ingredient declaration and the Nutrition Facts panel, which contain all the information they need to make an informed decision.
"Mandatory information on food labels should be limited to that which is needed for health and safety purposes. The new requirements sought by CSPI -- including percentage ingredient labeling -- do not fit that description.
"U.S. labeling rules already provide for voluntary declaration of percentage of ingredients. However, mandatory percentage ingredient labeling can prove difficult and costly. It limits food processors' flexibility to source different grades and varieties of ingredients by locking the company into exact quantities declared on the label. Limiting a company's flexibility in sourcing ingredients can increase the cost to produce food.
"Consumers look to food labels for important health and safety information concerning nutrition, food allergy and safe food handling for certain products. We think these health and safety issues are the appropriate focus for food labeling."
NFPA is the voice of the $460 billion food processing industry on scientific and public policy issues involving food safety, nutrition, technical and regulatory matters and consumer affairs.
Companies: Food Product Association
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has begun to loosen its labelling restrictions, allowing manufacturers of certain products to make qualified health claims on the labels. This has led to some...
LycoRed has received approval from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the use of Tomat-O-Red natural tomato lycopene as a food colouring....
The US Food and Drug Administration will begin notifying food companies in writing before demanding records in an emergency....
The US Food and Drug Administration has ruled that most cheeses can be fortified with enough vitamin D to be eligible to make the labelling claim "excellent source of vitamin D."...
Telling pregnant women to eat less fish that may contain mercury causes more harm than good, say Harvard University researchers....
Kalsec, a producer of herb and spice flavourings and colourings, has asked the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today to rescind its acceptance of the use of carbon monoxide in case-ready meats....
US food giant H.J. Heinz has welcomed the decision by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to grant approval for the use of a Qualified Health Claim for raw, cooked, dried or canned tomatoes....
The US Food and Drug Administration is to go ahead with a ban on a livestock antibiotic, despite a last-ditch attempt by poultry veterinarians to delay the embargo....
- General Mills sales woes continue - analysis
- Why personalisation will take-off in US food
- Comment: Meal kits in US - don't believe the hype
- US food next wave on display at Winter Fancy Food
- Column: Kraft Heinz, Unilever and sustainability
- Unilever 'lining up spreads sale'
- UK own-label firm Park Cakes sold in MBO
- Immigration crackdown "risk" for US dairy industry
- BRF plant suspended amid bribery allegations
- Fonterra cuts earnings forecast