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.

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.

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