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Volume 10, Number 12 - December 2009


Season's Greetings from Food Label News. We hope this holiday season includes a break from work along with joyful time with friends and family. Best wishes for a happy holiday season.

In this issue you'll find:

Karen C. Duester, President


" Food Consulting Company has always gone the extra mile to help us provide our customers with accurate, understandable information. I really have enjoyed working with them, and have recommended to many others."

– Dan Holtz, Vice President & Co-Founder
Liz Lovely, Inc.


Front-of-Pack Labeling: 2009 Review

Front-of-Pack labeling continues to be a hot topic among Food Label News readers. We've seen quite a few developments this past year. Our reports of them are recapped below:

Keeping You Current

FDA seeks comment on experimental study for modifications to nutrition facts label formats

CFIA releases industry guidance for use of probiotics in Canada and expects compliance by April 1, 2010

World Trade Organization to rule if U.S. Country Of Original Labeling (COOL) violates trade agreements as requested by Canada and Mexico

FDA seeks comment on experimental study for gluten free food labeling

FDA's What's New in Food webpage

Search for FDA Warning Letters

As we look forward to potential FDA rulemaking for uniform front-of-pack labeling in the coming year, a key question is how FDA will handle sugars (both added and naturally-occurring) when there is no Daily Value for sugars or method to enforce the distinction between the two types.

Nutrient Content Claims on Food Labels:
Instructional Series Part 4 of 10

This month's installment in our ten-part series describes the use of nutrient content claims on food labels. This 10-part instructional series is based on a 2009 publication titled "Silliker Nutrient and Health Claims U.S. Regulatory Guide" that was cooperatively developed by Food Consulting Company and Silliker, Inc., a leading provider of laboratory nutrition analysis.

View/print Part 4 of the series.

The Guide includes a user-friendly chart with the FDA definitions for "free" and "low" as it relates to calories, total fat, saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium.

If you missed earlier parts of the series you can view and download them now. (Get Part 1, Part 2 or Part 3.) The pages from all parts will add up to the complete booklet.

Reader Q&A

Find answers to our readers' questions or send us your question for an upcoming issue.


If you sell foodservice products to restaurants by the case, are you required to label each 'package', 'packet' or 'bottle' in the case?
H.S., Beverage Company, Canada


No, you are not required to label the individual units within the case. The required labeling for foodservice items can be on either the individual units or on the shipping container; it does not have to be in both places. Read more.

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