Tag Archive: Beverages

Jan 11

FDA “Natural” Food Labeling

On November 12, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (“FDA”) announced that it is soliciting public comments on how the Agency should define the term “natural” and regulate its use in food labeling. The FDA has engaged the public’s input after receiving two Citizen Petitions requesting the agency take action on establishing a formal definition …

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Jun 30

FDA Bans Trans Fats

FDA Issues Final Determination Concerning Partially Hydrogenated Oils The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has long reacted to the public concern over trans fatty acids (also known as TFA or trans fats) found in foods as a part of Partially Hydrogenated Oils (PHOs).  FDA recently issued its final decision on how it would categorize …

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Jan 05

Overview of FDA’s Final Menu and Vending Labeling Rules

Menu and Vending Labeling Rules On November 25, 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) finalized two rules requiring that calorie counts be listed on menus and menu boards in certain restaurants and vending machines (menu and vending labeling rules). The full text of the menu and vending labeling rules can be found here. …

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Sep 08

FDA Inches Closer to New Nutrition Facts Panel Rules

On August 1, 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) closed its comment period for a proposed rule that would make significant changes to food labeling requirements, particularly nutrition facts panels. Per the Administrative Procedure Act, the FDA is currently reviewing the 264,723 comments that it received regarding the proposed rule and changes to …

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Jun 11

FDA Publishes Food Allergen Labeling Guidelines

On May 8, 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published its “Draft Guidance for Industry: Food Allergen Labeling Exemption Petitions and Notifications.” The draft guidance represents current thinking on the topic as previously discussed through the release of the October 2006 “Guidance for Industry: Questions and Answers Regarding Food Allergens, including the Food …

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Mar 18

FDA Moves to Update Nutrition Facts Label for Foods

On February 27, 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (“FDA”) moved to update nutrition facts labels (“Nutrition Facts Panels”) on packaged foods and dietary supplements. The proposal was prompted by recent scientific findings that suggest there is a direct correlation between excessive food intake and recurring diseases, like heart disease and obesity. In addition, …

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Jan 21

FDA Issues Statement on IOM Report on Safety of Caffeine in Foods

On January 21, 2014, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (“FDA”) issued a Statement on the Institute of Medicine’s Report (“IOM Report”) on Caffeine in Foods. Released on January 17, 2014, the IOM Report is a culmination of the recent public workshop, which took place in August 2013 and was focused on the investigation of …

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Jan 16

FDA Issues Guidance on Distinguishing Liquid Dietary Supplements from Beverages

On January 16, 2014, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (“FDA”) published a guidance document entitled “Distinguishing Liquid Dietary Supplements from Beverages” (“Guidance”). Found here, the Guidance is aimed at explaining to industry how dietary supplements and beverages differ. Beverages are considered a type of conventional food, which differ from dietary supplements in both labeling …

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Sep 20

FDA’s CFSAN Announces Plan for Program Priorities

On September 4, 2013, the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN or the Center), a public health regulatory center in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), published its 2013-2014 Plan for Program Priorities. The plan outlines certain goals and objectives that CFSAN intends to achieve to improve food and cosmetic safety. You …

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May 07

FDA Investigates the Safety of Caffeine in Food

On May 3, 2013, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it is currently investigating the safety of added caffeine in foods, particularly in response to a recent trend of caffeinated products. The FDA is primarily concerned with the consumption of caffeine by children and adolescents, and in turn, caffeine in food products …

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