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Volume 6, Number 3 - March 2005


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Greetings to you all!  Food Consulting Company can help you update your labels for compliance to United States' January 1, 2006, requirements for trans fat and food allergen labeling, and Canada's December 12, 2005, requirements for mandatory nutrition labeling. Learn about services at

Food Consulting Company Posts Tips For 2006-Compliant Food Labels

Food Consulting Company has posted answers to commonly asked questions regarding 2006-compliant food labels. By January 1, 2006, all food products labeled for sale in the U.S. must comply with new FDA requirements for trans fat and food allergen labeling. The answer page includes easy access to Food Consulting Company services for updating labels, as well as web addresses to access FDA documents that explain the new requirements.

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Commentary:  Now is the time to update your label components. Savvy food companies will definitely want the information ready for any upcoming print runs.

USDA Posts Report on Canadian Nutrition Labels Regulations

The USDA Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) has posted a report to help U.S. manufacturers who import into Canada get product nutrition labels ready for Canada's December 12, 2005, mandatory compliance date. The report outlines the new requirements for Canada's Nutrition Facts table, and for using nutrition content claims and diet-related health claims. A side-by-side graphic comparison of United States and Canadian Nutrition Facts is provided; sources for in-depth information are also given.

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Commentary:  Food Consulting Company is ready to help clients prepare food label components to meet Canada's December 12, 2005, compliance date.

Lawsuit Aims to Force Change in FDA Regulations for Salt

On February 24, 2005, Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) filed a lawsuit with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, asking the Court to order FDA to publish a statement of the Agency's decision to either affirm or revoke the Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) status of salt. The suit also asks that FDA be forced to propose and receive comments on guidelines for adding salt to processed foods, such as limits on amounts per serving and special labeling.

Also in February, CSPI published "Salt The Forgotten Killer", a report on the health risks associated with sodium, and as CSPI describes it, "FDA's blasé about sodium."

Access the lawsuit:

Read CSPI news release:

Read CSPI report on salt:

Commentary:  A change in status from "GRAS" to "Food Additive" for salt would mean that FDA would propose rules for limits on how much salt is allowed.

FYI:  Food Consulting Company can perform chemical analysis to confirm the presence or absence of any of the "Big 8" food allergens. Order services for Food Allergen Tests and Ingredient/Allergen Statements at
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