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Article | December 31, 1997
Net weight criticism
The National Food Processors Assn. (NFPA) has told FDA its proposed rule on net quantity of contents compliance is "flawed in several key areas." The proposed rule establishes procedures for evaluating whether the label declaration of contents matches actual contents.
According to FDA the basis of contents declaration is the same framework-drained weight or net weight-as the serving size declaration in the nutritional labeling. This change would require costly labeling revisions for a number of food labels said NFPA's Director of Technical Regulatory Affairs Regina Hildwine. These costs were not included in FDA's regulatory impact analysis of its proposed rule. In its comments to FDA NFPA argued that the proposed changes constitute a "significant rule" meaning FDA is required to study the impacts before proposing it. It urged FDA to withdraw the section of the proposed rule necessitating any changes in the basis of contents declaration.
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