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Sugar Labeling Proposal – FDA Not Too Sweet

In a highly surprising and most unusual decision, FDA on Monday denied a broad-based industry request for an extension for 90 days of the comment periods relating to FDA’s supplemental proposal on “added sugars.”  The proposal would establish… Read More
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FDA Extends Comment Period on Nutrition Labeling Reforms

In tomorrow’s Federal Register, FDA will publish a notice extending until October 13, 2015, the comment period on its proposed changes to the Nutrition Facts and Supplement Facts panels used in labeling conventional foods and dietary supplements. … Read More
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SURPRISE: FDA Proposes a Daily Value for Added Sugars

In an unexpected move, FDA this coming Monday, July 27th, will publish a supplemental proposed rule that would establish a Daily Reference Value (DRV) for added sugars.  This DRV would be utilized in calculating the percent Daily Value (%DV) that wo… Read More
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Added Sugars Labeling Proposal Dropped by Health Canada

Two billion dollars – that is what FDA estimates the food industry will spend to comply with proposed changes to the iconic “Nutrition Facts” label.  Part of that cost includes keeping records showing how much sugars companies add to processed… Read More
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2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee Report Mixes Science and Policy

The 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) submitted its report to the Secretaries of Agriculture and Health and Human Services last month and disbanded.  It is now up to the USDA and HHS to take the DGAC’s conclusions and recommendatio… Read More
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John Block Reports: Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2015 Edition – Losing It’s Way on Sugars (Part II)

OFW Law founding principal Richard L. Frank fills in for former USDA Secretary John R. Block. There are a variety of disturbing questions surrounding the Dietary Guidelines for Americans now being drafted for release in 2015. The questions relate… Read More
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Political Science or Sound Science – Is the White House Dictating Nutrition Labeling Reform?

The White House’s role with USDA’s regulations for school foods and the WIC feeding program has been widely reported.  Lesser known is the White House involvement in FDA food labeling policy. To commemorate the anniversary of the Let’s Move! c… Read More
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FDA Extends Comment Period for Proposed Rules on Nutrition Labeling

FDA has announced a 60-day extension of the comment period for two major proposed rules on nutrition labeling. The extended comment period will close on August 1, 2014. In March, FDA published two proposed rules on nutrition labeling: one a major ove… Read More
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“Evaporated Cane Juice” -- Comment Period Reopened

“Evaporated cane juice” is an ingredient name for a sweetener often seen in food labeling. In October 2009, FDA issued a draft guidance document, essentially advising industry of FDA’s view that the common or usual (C/U) name for the solid… Read More
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FDA Proposes Major Changes to the “Nutrition Facts” Label – Price Tag $2 Billion

Two billion dollars – That is what FDA estimates the food industry will spend to comply with proposed changes to the iconic “Nutrition Facts” label.  That’s about all we know for sure.  The agency says the new information will provide $20-$… Read More
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