New Gluten-Free Labeling Rules Go Into Effect This Week

A year after the Food and Drug Administration laid out the rules for food manufacturers who want to label their products gluten-free, the new labeling requirements will go kick in this week. [More]

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Should Food Companies Tell Consumers How Much Sugar They Add To Products?

Looking at the label of any food product on grocery store shelves and you’ll find the total amount of sugar in that item. But does it matter how much of that sugar is from a food’s raw ingredients, and how much sweetener was added? [More]


Grocery Groups Sue Vermont Over New GMO Food Labeling Requirement

Back in April, Vermont became the first state to require food companies to label their products if they contained genetically modified organisms, or GMOs. Now various industry food groups are coming together to fight the rule with a lawsuit claiming the law is a “costly and misguided measure” that in the end, the groups say, won’t help consumers. [More]

FDA’s New Rules: Honey With Added Sweeteners Might Be Sweet, But It Ain’t Honey

FDA’s New Rules: Honey With Added Sweeteners Might Be Sweet, But It Ain’t Honey

Just because something looks like honey, is sticky like honey and is sweet like honey, doesn’t mean it’s the real thing, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said today in new draft guidelines. That means food companies that add sweeteners to pure honey will have to tell consumers it’s not the totally real deal and label the products as a “blend.” [More]

“Organic” Chicken Is Different Than “Antibiotic-Free” And “Natural” Means Nothing

“Organic” Chicken Is Different Than “Antibiotic-Free” And “Natural” Means Nothing

Once upon a time, not very long ago, you went to the grocery store — not a big box store, or a warehouse club or online — and bought “chicken.” Now the poultry section can be a confusing mish-mash of labels that may not mean what consumers think they mean, or may not mean anything at all. [More]


AJ’s Fine Foods Parent To Pay $1.4M After Charging Customers More For Mislabeled Meat

How do you know you’re not being overcharged at the store? Usually, you don’t — it’s a matter of trust between the retailer and the customer that the listed price is for the food you’re buying. Oh and also, there are plenty of legal regulations regarding correct labeling. That’s why you can’t sell “choice” meat as “prime” and charge more for it. Because of a bit of meat mislabeling, the parent company of AJ’s Fine Foods will be handing over $1.4 million in restitution. [More]


Just Because A Calorie Label Is Green Doesn’t Necessarily Mean It’s A Healthier Product

When you see the color green in the context of food, what usually pops to mind? Healthfulness, vegetables, nutritious ingredients, perhaps? You’re not alone, as a new study says when consumers see green calorie labels, we usually think it’s healthier than food with labels in other colors. [More]

Panel Suggests Energy Star-Like Labeling System For Sugar, Fats & Sodium In Food

Panel Suggests Energy Star-Like Labeling System For Sugar, Fats & Sodium In Food

When you inspect the nutrition info on a package of food, it provides all sorts of information — grams of sugar and fat, milligrams of sodium — but consumers may not know exactly whether those numbers are high or low. That’s why a U.S. Institute of Medicine — at the behest of Congress and the Centers for Disease Control — has suggested a rating system for food that is not unlike the Energy Star system used for appliances. [More]

Campbell's Settles Lawsuit Over "25% Less Sodium" Soup

Campbell's Settles Lawsuit Over "25% Less Sodium" Soup Label

Back in April we told you about how Campbell’s Soup was in some legal hot water over labels that declared “25% less sodium” but contained no less sodium than before. Earlier this week, the soup giant settled a pair of related lawsuits for $173,000. [More]

What If Food Labels Looked Like This?

What If Food Labels Looked Like This?

Maybe the real reason Americans are so fat is because our food labels are so ugly. If they were easier on the eye to read, maybe more people would read them and make better eating choices. That was the idea in mind behind a recent design contest at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Journalism aiming to give the standard government-mandated food label a much-needed makeover. The winning entry uses colored boxes for each ingredient that are sized in proportion to how much of each is inside the package. [More]