Volume 11, Number 5 - May
Hello from Food
The buzz in the industry is about what impact health care
reform will have on food labeling. In this issue we
highlight the implications for restaurants, vending machine
operators and retail food establishments. You can count on
us as your partner to prepare for the coming changes.
Health Care Reform Puts the Spotlight on Restaurant Menus
As the government seeks to
improve health care, a national requirement to help
consumers make better food choices is now law.
Section 4205 of the Patient
Protection and Affordable Care Act (which amends the FD&C
Act) requires that restaurants and food service operations
provide nutrition information for all standard menu items.
FDA has until March 23,
2011, to issue a proposed rule. A comment period will
After the final rule is
published, compliance is likely to be within six months.
The law applies to
restaurants with 20+ locations with the same name
(regardless of ownership) that offer "substantially the
same" menu items.
It also applies to vending
machine operators and "retail food establishments" which
may include food service facilities in hospitals and
schools, convenience stores and mobile carts.
Calories must be disclosed
next to standard menu items on printed menus, boards and
drive-thrus, along with a statement about suggested
daily caloric intake.
information must be available upon request, including
calories, calories from fat, total fat, saturated fat,
cholesterol, sodium, carbohydrates, sugars, dietary
fiber and protein. The law allows FDA to include
additional required nutrients; trans fat is likely to be
added to the list.
Daily specials, custom
orders and test market items are exempt.
Keeping You Current
Semiannual Regulatory Agendas
for U.S. Government Agencies published in April 26th Federal
information on ways to enhance consumer’s usefulness of
shelf tags and front-of-pack labeling
Presentations from April 9th public
front-of-pack labeling now
available on Institute of Medicine website
consensus report entitled
"Strategies to Reduce Sodium Intake in
the United States"
FDA issues a
statement related to the
Institute of Medicine’s sodium report
Food Technologists issues a
press release to
support FDA efforts to reduce salt
consumption in the U.S.
Society for Nutrition newsletter gives clues on what the
2010 Dietary Guidelines
General report identifies weaknesses in
FDA inspections of domestic
handout on Food Labeling
information that will help them make smart food choices.
Food Consulting Company embraces this nationwide unified
standard that eliminates the proliferation of state and
local regulations that have been challenging for
restaurants. We applaud the many companies that already
provide this important information for consumers.
Structure/Function Claims on Food Labels:
Instructional Series Part 9 of 10
installment in our ten-part series describes the use
of structure/function 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.
Part 9 of the
claims describe the role of a nutrient or functional
component in affecting or maintaining normal structure,
function or general well-being. These claims are not to be
confused with health claims that describe the ability of the
nutrient or functional component to reduce the risk of
Part 8 for discussion on
If you missed
earlier parts of the series you can view and download them
Part 8.) The pages from all parts
will add up to the complete booklet.
Can you reference me to the section of the CFR that
deals with synthetic and/or artificial substances that
are exempt in trace amounts as food processing aids?
Also include information on secondary synthetics
(synthetic and/or artificial substances that are exempt
due to being ingredients in ingredients)?
Consulting Company, Minnesota
information can be found in 21 CFR 101.100 - Food;
exemptions from labeling.
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importers, brokers, and restaurateurs.
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