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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 amfoodnutrition@gmail.com.

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

  • September is National Family Meals Month

    September 20, 2017
    Research collected by the Food Marketing Institute shows that family meals have both health and social benefits and work to build strong family ties. That’s why FMI has designated September as “National Family Meals Month,” which is a great time for food companies and retailers to share messages encouraging more family meals, says Michelle Matto, IDFA’s nutrition and labeling consultant. In her new blog, Matto recommends several ways dairy companies can engage during the month, such as sharing nutritious recipes that families can make together and working with retailers to display dairy as part of a a healthy meal . Read More
  • Low-fat Flavored Milk Goes Back to School

    September 13, 2017
    It’s back to school time, which means new teachers, new classmates and even new milk options, according to Michelle Matto, IDFA’s nutrition and labeling consultant. In her latest blog, Matto said that this year states are able to give permission to school districts to add low-fat flavored milk offerings for breakfast, lunch and a la carte sales. “This is great news for those kids who need the nutrition provided by milk and weren’t finding their preferred option in the lunch line,” she said. Read More
  • Labeling Changes in Canada

    August 03, 2017
    As dairy foods companies are updating their labels to comply with new nutrition labeling requirements in the United States, Canada has announced a similar revision of nutrition labeling on products sold in that country. In addition to these upcoming changes to its nutrition facts panel, Canada is also considering mandatory front-of-panel symbols that would warn consumers about high levels of sugars, sodium or saturated fat. Health Canada released final regulations on December 14, 2016, that would update the nutrition information presented on all foods and beverages sold in the country. These changes included adding and deleting nutrient declarations, making serving sizes consistent, updating Daily Values and also adding a requirement that sugar ingredients be grouped together in the ingredient list. Companies have five years to ... Read More
  • Raise a Glass!

    June 01, 2017
    World Milk Day is the perfect day to remind our communities how choosing milk is so important for good nutrition and health, and it’s a message we can share all month long, says Michelle Matto, RDN, IDFA nutrition consultant. In a new blog, Matto highlights the importance of June as a time for the industry to celebrate the variety and versatility of nutritious dairy products, especially when most Americans don’t consume the daily amount of dairy servings recommended by the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Read More
  • Celebrate Nutrition!

    March 22, 2017
    March is National Nutrition Month, a perfect time for both consumers and nutrition professionals to celebrate the nutrient density of dairy products, according to Michelle Matto, IDFA's labeling and nutrition consultant. In her recent blog, Matto encourages dairy companies to remind consumers about dairy products, their essential nutrients and their important role in a healthy eating pattern. She also recommends taking time this month to thank Registered Dietitian Nutritionists in the industry for their work in helping Americans choose healthful foods and beverages. Companies can engage in the social media celebration with #NationalNutritionMonth. Read More
 
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