In a move applauded by food processors and the retail food industry, the agency would establish specific, national procedures for checking compliance with net contents labeling requirements. The move would pre-empt efforts by states to set their own food-weight standard, and bring national uniformity to the issue. FDA wants to allow only the drained weight of a food packed in a liquid or broth to be listed. Labels on foods packed in pressurized containers must accurately reflect the food's weight after the gas is expelled.
Net weight reality check
In an effort to give consumers more accurate information on the actual amount of food in a package, FDA is revising its regulations on net-weight contents declarations on food labels.
May 31st, 1997