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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 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
  • What Does the WIC Report Mean for Dairy?

    January 25, 2017
    In this blog, Michelle Matto, IDFA’s nutrition and labeling consultant, outlines the implications for dairy in the recent report by the committee charged to review the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC). The report, which serves as a resource for any final changes to the program made by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service, offered recommendations that would increase flexibility and options for dairy foods but would reduce amounts of some products allowed in the program. If USDA starts a rulemaking process to update the WIC package, IDFA will be sure to engage and comment. Read More
  • Are Your Products Healthy?

    October 12, 2016
    The definition of “healthy” for product claims is under review at the Food and Drug Administration and changes are in the making, says Michelle Matto, IDFA’s nutrition and labeling consultant, in this week’s Nutrition Notes blog. FDA regulations currently state that a food product must meet limits for fat, saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium, while also providing minimum levels of certain vitamins and minerals before it’s considered healthy. But recent guidance and a request for comments from FDA indicate a formal change may be coming. She asks members to share their definitions of healthy to help shape IDFA’s comments and FDA’s decision. Read More
  • Lunch Is Served!

    September 28, 2016
    Michelle Matto, IDFA’s consultant on nutrition and labeling, notes the nutritional value of school meals and snacks in her September blog post. “In fact, school meals are, on average, healthier than the packed lunches that many parents send with their students, providing more fruits, vegetables and dairy,” she said, referring to a nutritional comparison of lunches featured in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. Read More
  • Where Does Food Come From? Share Stories with Customers

    May 10, 2016
    Michelle Matto, IDFA’s consultant on nutrition and labeling, says dairy companies can take advantage of consumers’ growing interest in knowing where food comes from by sharing production stories about milk, yogurt, cheese and ice cream on websites, on product packages and in social media. In her latest Nutrition Notes blog, Matto explains how IDFA’s partnership with the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation is helping consumers learn more about food production and how to live a healthy life. Read More
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