The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently released guidance to assist food and dietary supplement companies on how to convert the previous units of measure for folate, niacin, vitamin A, vitamin D, and vitamin E to the new units required on the updated Nutrition Facts and Supplement Facts labels.  The guidance includes step by step instructions, conversion factors for each nutrient, and sample calculations for converting to the new units of measure.

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Food manufactures facing deceptive food labeling claims under the Missouri consumer fraud statute were recently dealt a setback by the Missouri Court of Appeals for the Eastern District of Missouri. On November 8, 2016, the appellate court issued an opinion in Murphy v. Stonewall Kitchen, LLC, reversing the trial court’s adoption of the so-called

As the deadline draws closer for Congressional action preempting state laws mandating GMO food labeling, which are set to take effect next year, a late lobbying push to include a policy rider in the Omnibus appropriations legislation fell short of meeting the goal of some in the industry of a national GMO labeling compromise. The text of the bill, unveiled early Wednesday morning, is silent on broader GMO food labeling requirements. A provision aimed at genetically engineered salmon, however, may provide a glimpse into Congress’ plans in early 2016.

Last month, the FDA approved a type of salmon genetically designed to speed the growth to market size and declined to mandate special labeling for this unique salmon. Instead, the Omnibus legislation appropriates $150,000 in funding to the FDA to finalize and implement guidelines for the labeling of genetically modified salmon before allowing sale. Proponents of mandatory GMO labeling are calling the provision a victory, while those seeking a preemptive nationwide standard remain disappointed. Specifically, GMO food manufacturers worry that compliance with a patchwork of state laws could result in hundreds of million dollars in compliance costs.
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Late last week, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gave restaurants and other food serving establishments an extra year to comply with its controversial rule requiring calorie details on menus. Apparently, the FDA had received numerous requests to extend the deadline for compliance with the rule to December 2016 by businesses, industry associates and several