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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

  • 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
  • School Lunch: Recipes for Success

    October 11, 2017
    Thousands of students are currently celebrating National School Lunch Week in the perfect way—eating nutritious meals at school, according to Michelle Matto, IDFA nutrition and labeling consultant. In her new Nutrition Notes blog, Matto says the celebratory week encourages students, parents, foodservice professionals and food companies to tell others about the ingredient they think makes American school lunches successful. Matto said that the addition of more options for milk, including the return of low-fat flavored milk, is a real success story for students and school nutritionists. She invited readers to celebrate the increased options for nutrition school milk brings to students. Read More
  • 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 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
 
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