Volume 11, Number 1 - January
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Relative Nutrient Content Claims:
Part 5 of 10
installment in our ten-part series describes the use
of relative nutrient content claims on food labels.
This 10-part instructional series is based on a 2009
publication titled "Silliker Nutrient and Health
Claims U.S. Regulatory Guide" that was cooperatively
developed by Food Consulting Company and Silliker,
Inc., a leading provider of laboratory nutrition
Part 5 of the
comparative) nutrient content claims use words such as
"more," "less," "reduced" and "light" to compare the level
of nutrients of one product to another. These claims trigger
many disclosure and footnote requirements that are detailed
in the Guide.
If you missed
earlier parts of the series you can view and download them
Part 3 or
Part 4.) The pages from all parts
will add up to the complete booklet.
When we designed our bags for popcorn, we naturally used
the label warning from our contract manufacturer
"Manufactured in a facility that also processes peanuts,
tree nuts and milk ingredients." Our contract
manufacturer is no longer using nuts in their products
and we are thinking about eliminating the peanut
warning. However, to do this economically and not create
a whole new printing plate, we would also need to
eliminate the warning about milk being processed in the
factory. Is it OK to eliminate the milk warning or does
that violate a code or present a serious risk to those
with milk allergies?
The use of an allergen
advisory statement such as the one you use "Manufactured
in a facility that also processes peanuts, tree nuts and
milk ingredients" is voluntary so you are free to
eliminate the statement or any other allergen advisory
statement from your labeling if you choose.
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