The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) unveiled on May 20 a new nutrition facts label for packaged foods, which include a refreshed design, updated information about nutrients declared on the label and updated serving sizes and labeling requirements for certain package sizes.
Columbia, TN—When Jackie Davis, owner of Columbia Health Foods, first saw some initial communications about a new program being launched by a regional trade association, her interest was piqued. Unfortunately, her schedule was packed. The dates that the Southeast Natural Products Association (SENPA) would be in town for its first Strategies for Success Road Show and Education event conflicted with a previous engagement.
A recent national survey—a collaborative effort between the National Consumer League, Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic and Johns Hopkins University Center for Livable Future—reveals how consumer perception of date labels such as “Best by” or “Sell by” contributes to significant food waste.
Washington, D.C.—The Natural Products Association (NPA) has alerted industry to two pressing attacks against the dietary supplements and natural products industries, and needs individuals to take action against them.
Washington, D.C.—At the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) Regulatory Summit, Steve Tate, acting director at the Office of Dietary Supplement Programs for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), offered an update of FDA’s latest enforcement actions and priorities.
Washington, D.C.—The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine released a report on May 17 examining the health, environmental, economic and other effects of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The committee conducting the study used evidence accrued over the past two decades, examining approximately 900 research and other publications, hearings from 80 speakers at three public meetings and 15 public webinars, and reading over 700 comments from the public in their assessment of the purported negative and positive effects of GMOs.
San Diego, CA—QAI, Inc., an NSF International company based here, has launched a new certification program called Certified Transitional, which recognizes and identifies, with a “Certified Transitional” seal, companies that are in the process of converting to organic. The only program to certify the entire food supply chain, it was designed to verify producers’ ability to meet increasingly rigorous requirements for three years, after which they are eligible to become certified organic products. Throughout their transition, these products must contain a minimum of 51% transitional content.
S. Plainfield, NJ—WholeFoods Magazine chose PCC Natural Markets as its 2016 Retailer of the Year. Operating for over 60 years, PCC Natural Markets is the largest consumer-owned food market in the country, as well as one of the oldest grocery stores in Washington State, essentially creating the market for natural food in Seattle. Starting out in 1953 as a food buying club with 15 families, PCC has evolved into a cooperative with 11 locations in the Puget Sound region, 56,000 active members and $250 million in sales in 2015, with double-digit year-over-year growth.
On May 10, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officially allowed KIND, LLC to use the term “healthy,” within the phrase “healthy and tasty” on its labels following the company’s cooperation with FDA after a March 2015 warning letter to the firm.