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Date Labeling Reform »

June 14, 2017

By: Meghan Stasz, Senior Director, Sustainability

The food, beverage, and consumer products industry is committed to helping consumers make informed choices about the products they buy every day. One issue that’s been causing a lot of confusion among shoppers and households are date labels. Those “sell by,” “freshest by,” “best if used by,” and myriad other phrases are leaving consumers confused about what to do with a product at or after the date on the package. Groups ranging from the Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic to the Institute for Food Technologists released studies over the past years indicating that, not only are U.S. consumers confused, but this confusion is also causing food to be thrown away unnecessarily. 

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Helping Consumers Avoid Nutrition Confusion »

June 5, 2017

By: Robbie Burns- Vice President, Health and Nutrition Policy

It’s “chaos” out there.

That’s how one industry executive described widespread consumer confusion  today  about nutrition This state of confusion is only exacerbated by a surge in some information resources, all at the fingertips of the consumer, that are at best misleading and at worst inaccurate.

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Turn it Teal-Allergen Awareness Week »

May 19, 2017

By Kristen Spotz, Senior Manager, Food Safety & Quality Assurance

If you were one of the million New Yorkers roaming the street of New York on Sunday evening, May 14, you might have noticed that the Empire State Building was teal.  This is to kick-off Food Allergen Awareness week which is May 14-20 and this year it celebrates its 20th anniversary.  The purpose of the efforts this week is to raise awareness about the severity of food allergies and anaphylaxis.

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Getting Started with SmartLabel™: Three Common Questions by Companies »

April 6, 2017

By Jim Flannery, Senior Executive Vice President, Operations and Industry Collaboration

The new SmartLabel™ digital transparency initiative is growing rapidly, with more companies and brands using this digital platform to give consumers access to more information than could ever fit on a package label.

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Keeping the Holidays Free of Foodborne Pathogens: The Danger Zone »

December 19, 2016

By: Samantha Cooper, Manager, Food Safety and Quality Assurance

If you haven’t already attended a holiday event, the time is likely approaching for your office to throw an end of the year celebration. If you’ve signed up to bring in a dish, keep the following food safety tips in mind:  

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Understanding FDA’s GRAS Final Rule »

October 3, 2016

By: Manojit Basu, Ph.D., Technical Lead, Consumer Product Safety & Regulatory Affairs and René Viñas, MS, Ph.D., Toxicologist, Consumer Product Safety

Ensuring the safety of food products and maintaining the confidence of consumers–is the single most important goal of our industry. The long history of producing safe, quality and affordable food has been supported by the industry’s use of ingredients added during production. These substances are used for functions such as taste, texture, flavor, color, consistency, and shelf life preservation and are commonly referred to as food–additives.

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