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Volume 7, Number 9 - September 2006


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– Mike Davis
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Dear Readers,

We send Food Label News to keep you informed about food label regulations and to remind you that Food Consulting Company is a ready resource when you need food label help. We know food labeling can be tedious and eat up your valuable time. Call on us to help. See

Q.  Which is best for getting nutrient values for my product, laboratory or database analysis?  M.H., Start-up Food Company, Colorado

A.  FDA does not require a specific method of analysis for Nutrition Facts, but the Agency does require label values to be accurate within the tolerances specified in the Code of Federal Regulations. Food Consulting Company offers both database and laboratory analysis.  See Reader Q&A Page for additional details.

To submit a question for an upcoming issue, send an email; if chosen, the question will be answered at no charge to you. For a speedy answer to your regulatory question, see Services.

Helpful Sources for Food Labels Rules

Food Consulting Company has compiled a list of some of the company's most frequently used web links for food and nutrition labeling information. Food labelers of FDA-regulated products can find answers to nearly every food labeling question from among the links.

Commentary: Due to the complexity of finding certain answers that food labelers have, labelers can call on Food Consulting Company for help.

Fruits, Vegetables, Fish - Voluntary Nutrition Labels

In the July 25, 2006, Federal Register, FDA announced the Agency has amended the voluntary nutrition labeling regulations for the 20 most frequently consumed raw fruits, vegetables, and fish in the United States. The amended regulations include updated nutrition labeling values for these foods.

Voluntary labeling refers to point-of-purchase information and is allowed as part of the Nutrition Labeling and Education Act of 1990 as long as there is "substantial compliance" among retailers. Substantial compliance is met when at least 60 percent of retailers sampled in a representative survey provide nutrition labeling information (as specified in the guidelines) for at least 90 percent of the foods they sell that are included on the listing of the most frequently consumed raw fruits, vegetables, and fish. If the compliance level is not met, FDA is required to make this labeling program mandatory.

FDA has posted a list of the foods and their nutrition labeling values on the FDA website. Retailers and other stakeholders may incorporate links from their websites directly to this nutrition information.

Access nutrition labeling values for fruits & vegetables.
Access nutrition labeling values for fish.

Read Federal Register notice.

Food Labels Help for Export to EU

Food Consulting Company announces the company's relationship with a food labeling service that is available to help U.S. food manufacturers prepare food labels for foods to be exported to the European Union. The expertise in the relationship comes from 15 years of work with food law enforcement in the United Kingdom and the European Union. Companies planning to export to the European Union can request labeling help through the Food Consulting Company website.

Service Tip: Voluntary "Best Before" or "Use By" Dates
Food Consulting Company in association with a food technologist can determine "Best Before" or "Use By" dates for voluntary application to your U.S. food labels. See Services. Place Orders.      


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