In preparation for a discussion on international eco-labeling standards, a coalition of 12 associations organized by the Grocery Manufacturers of America (GMA), is advocating standards similar to the "Green Guides" of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).
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Everyone from mom to Uncle Sam urges people to eat more fruits and vegetables as part of a healthful diet. So why did the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) allow only raw fruits and vegetables to make a "healthy" claim on food labels?
With the presidential election beginning to loom large, Republicans find themselves in an awkward position on regulatory reform. A plank in the Contract with America and a top priority for the business community, including those who manufacture and use packaging, regulatory reform could threaten the government's ability to enforce environmental laws, according to EPA officials and others.
The FDA has sanctioned seven health claims that link a nutrient to a positive impact on a disease: * calcium and osteoporosis; * dietary lipids and cancer; * sodium and hypertension; * dietary saturated fat and cholesterol and risk of coronary heart disease; * fiber-containing grain products, fruits, and vegetables and cancer; * fruits, vegetables and grain products that contain fiber, particularly soluble fiber, and risk of coronary heart disease; * and fruits and vegetables and cancer.
In unity there is strength, particularly in lobbying. Two national grocery trade groups and several state food associations will join efforts to lobby on key federal and state issues affecting the food industry, many of which involve packaging.
Although regulatory reform efforts stalled in the Senate last year, enough bipartisan support exists to fuel another attempt. New draft legislation being readied reportedly contains the popular risk assessment and cost/benefit analysis requirements, both of which would be examined by independent peer review panels.
Packagers of edible or otherwise nontoxic oils and greases now have a little more breathing space from the regulatory hand of Uncle Sam. Under a newly enacted law, federal agencies--except FDA and FSIS--must now differentiate between edible oils (fats, oils and greases from animal, vegetable or marine sources) and other oils/greases like petroleum when developing or enforcing regulations relating to transportation, storage, release, emission or disposal.