10, Number 7 - July 2009
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Compromise for Restaurant Labeling
On June 10, 2009, three US Senate healthcare
committee members announced in a press release an
industry and consumer-backed agreement that
combines elements of the Menu Education and
Labeling (MEAL) Act and the Labeling Education
and Nutrition (LEAN) Act. According to the press
that are part of a chain with 20 or more
locations doing business under the same name
would be required to disclose the number of
calories per menu item on the menu or menu
nutrition information (total calories and
calories from fat, and amounts of fat,
saturated fat, cholesterol, sodium, total
carbohydrates, complex carbohydrates,
sugars, dietary fiber and protein) would
need to be immediately available in written
20 or more vending machines would be
required to disclose calories of food items
offered in vending machines
indicated that the compromise will be a
component of health reform legislation currently
National Restaurant Association
issued a separate
indicating support for the agreement and stated
that the needs of both consumers and the
restaurant industry will be best served by
federal legislation that replaces varying state
and local ordinances with a national standard.
Food Label News reported on LEAN Act in
and MEAL Act in
June 2009. Food
Consulting Company is ready to help
restaurateurs and vending machine operators
provide nutrition information.
FDA Proposes Food Labels Symbols Study
FDA is proposing to conduct an experimental
study to assess quantitative consumer reactions
to front-of-package nutrition symbols. The proposed study is described in the June 1,
2009, Federal Register.
In part the study design uses a Web-based survey
to collect information from a sample of 2400
adults. Participants would view a label from a
set of food labels that vary in the presence and
type of symbol, the type of food product, and
the quality of nutritional attributes of the
product. The study would measure various
consumer reactions described in the notice.
Federal Register notice
Commentary: Front-of-Pack labeling is a
hot topic among Food Label News readers,
and the newsletter has previously reported on
FDA's study of food labels symbols:
FDA Begins Public Look at Food Labels Symbols,
FDA Guidance: Front-of-Package Symbols,
FDA Nutrition Roundtable Report,
Dietitian Group Reviews Food Labels Symbols
Experts from the
American Dietetic Association recently reviewed
five nutrient profiling
programs that are designed for use in
supermarket chains as symbols on shelf-tags or
on labels. The dietitian group looked at who developed
the program, the method used to
rate foods, where symbols
will appear (shelf-tag or label), and stores where
symbols will appear.
programs are Guiding Stars, Healthy Ideas,
Nutrition iQ, NuVal, and Smart Choices Program.
Findings by the
dietitian group were reported to the public in a
May 26, 2009,
The dietitians caution that the usefulness of
shelf-tag and on-package symbols to consumers is
yet to be measured.
Commentary: Food Consulting Company can help
clients determine if a product currently in our
system meets the criteria of various symbol
programs. New products can also be reviewed to
determine if they meet criteria.
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for a new or newly formulated product provides
you with a completed database nutrition analysis
and nutrition facts panel; fully compliant
ingredient statement including allergens
properly listed; label layout instructions and
final label review; 90 day support for completed
work; your time saved to work on other matters;
peace of mind that labels are fully compliant.
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