Many might not agree with the premise that RFID will be widely accepted and will profoundly affect retailers and, of course, packagers that supply them with product. But, humor me; let’s look at what it might mean.
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The Food and Drug Administration may expand its nutrient content claim labeling regulation for “lean” to cover food products categorized as “mixed dishes not measurable with a cup” provided they contain less than 8 g of total fat, no more than 3.5 g of saturated fat, and 80 mg of cholesterol.
FDA has published advice for consumers on interpreting the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act of 2004. The labeling requirements, which will help consumers identify foods containing allergens, took effect for FDA-regulated foods on January 1, 2006.
Labels of food products produced in the European Union after November 25, 2005, must clearly state the presence of any of 12 listed allergens. The new directive eliminates the “25-percent rule” that exempted ingredients of a compound ingredient from being declared if the compound ingredient made up less than 25% of the final food.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of Pack Expo, being held October 29 - November 2 at Chicago’s McCormick Place. We spoke with Chuck Yuska, president of the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (PMMI), sponsor and producer of the show, about this special anniversary and what the new year has in store for packaging professionals.
The National Uniformity for Food Act of 2005, a bill that seeks to harmonize existing state and federal laws to create a uniform system for all food safety standards and warning labels, has been introduced by Reps. Mike Rogers (R-MI) and Edolphus Towns (D-NY).
Hurricanes Katrina and Rita are now being blamed for limiting the availability of resin used to make plastic bread bags, prompting the American Bakers Association to request either a six-month extension of the January 1, 2006, trans fat labeling deadline or a six-month “enforcement discretion.” The storms also created obstacles for distribution of imported trans fat substitutes.
The FY 2006 Agriculture Appropriations bill passed by Congress in mid-November contained a provision delaying mandatory country-of-origin labeling for meat, produce, and peanuts until September 30, 2008.
Greater public awareness of the health benefits of adequate potassium and the risks of too little potassium in the diet are prompting some food manufacturers to voluntarily include potassium in the nutrition food panel.