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About Nutrition Notes

Michelle Albee Matto Nutrition Notes Blog offers insight, news and analysis on nutrition, as well as food labeling. The blog is written by Michelle Albee Matto, who worked in IDFA's regulatory department for eight years, most recently as assistant director for nutrition and labeling.

Michelle now works exclusively for IDFA as a nutrition and labeling consultant. Contact her at

Michelle is a registered dietician and holds a Master of Public Health degree from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and a Bachelor of Science degree in nutrition from Russell Sage College in Troy, N.Y. She is an active member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Society for Nutrition Education.

Nutrition Notes

  • Celebrate National Ice Cream Month with Choices

    July 18, 2018
    With the expansion in choices in the ice cream aisle, there is a flavor and nutrient profile for everyone to celebrate during National Ice Cream Month, according to Michelle Matto, R.D.N., IDFA’s nutrition and labeling consultant. In her most recent blog, Matto breaks down the differences in ice creams formulated to meet several nutrient content claims and lists the ways companies can provide options for celebrating ice cream in all shapes and sizes. Read More
  • 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines Process in Motion

    April 23, 2018
    It always seems like the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) are in a never-ending process. They are required to be updated every five years. And each version of the DGA takes two to three years to develop. Over this multi-year process there are many steps, which involve an analysis of nutrition research, public comment periods, additions of expert input and time for message development. IDFA provides comments about the role of dairy products in a heathy diet several times through this process. For past versions, the process began when the departments of Agriculture and Human and Health Services (HHS)  named of a panel of nutrition experts to review nutrition research and issue a report that recommends what the DGA should contain. Then staff from USDA ... Read More
  • Go Further with Food (and R.D.Ns)!

    March 13, 2018
    March is National Nutrition Month, and March 14 is designated as Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day to honor these nutrition experts and health professionals. IDFA would like to thank Michelle Matto, an R.D.N. and IDFA consultant on labeling and nutrition issues, for her many contributions to the association and to the dairy industry. Matto posted her latest blog this week titled “Go Further with Food (and RDNs)!” Read More
  • I Heart School Breakfast!

    March 06, 2018
    This week is National School Breakfast Week, a celebration of the program and people that serves more than 14 million children every day. The theme is “I Heart School Breakfast” and the School Nutrition Association is encouraging school food service staff, parents and students to share the ways that they love school breakfast. Dairy companies love school breakfast too, and show it by providing the milk, yogurt and cheese that are important parts of school breakfast. Together with other nutritious foods that are also required in a school breakfast, dairy products contribute to the healthy meals and full stomachs that so many kids need in the morning. Read More
  • Love May Be in the Air, But It Can’t Be in Your Ingredient List

    February 12, 2018
    In this blog post, Michelle Matto, IDFA's labeling consultant, discusses the regulations for ingredient labeling. The regulations state that all ingredients must be declared by their common and usual name, which is sometimes set by regulation or by a Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) notification. Brand names or extra descriptions (e.g., “super creamy milk”) are not allowed in the ingredient list. Additional statements about ingredients could be made elsewhere on the label, as long as they are truthful and not misleading. Read More
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