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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

  • ‘Smarter Snacks’ Come to School

    September 18, 2014
    My Facebook feed has been full of friends’ and family’s back-to-school photos of kids dressed up, with new backpacks, waiting for the bus. While each school year brings new teachers and new lessons, one more difference these kids will see is the types of foods and beverages that are available for individual purchase. Read More
  • Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation: 5 Keys to Community Impact

    August 14, 2014
    IDFA supports the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation (HWCF) as an associate member. A summary of successful strategies from HWCF’s recent grant winners shows some of the proven ways to make a difference in your community. Whether this is an effort by your company, or by sharing with your customers, we can all make a positive impact on the places we live. Read More
  • Are You (or Your Products) Gluten Free?

    August 06, 2014
    FDA’s final rule on gluten free labeling has gone into effect this week. The rule was published last year, but FDA gave the food industry one year to comply with the new requirements. All products that now make “gluten-free” claims must not contain any prohibited grains, including wheat, barley or rye, or ingredients derived from these prohibited grains, unless the ingredients have been processed to remove gluten. Read More
  • Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee Meets Again

    January 24, 2014
    Last week, the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) held its second meeting of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines process. This meeting included an opportunity for oral comment from the public. On January 14, I presented oral comments to the DGAC on behalf of IDFA. I emphasized the nutrient density of dairy products and the importance of including dairy in the Dietary Guidelines. I also spoke about the successes by and efforts of the dairy industry to formulate products that are lower in added sugar, fat and sodium. In addition to oral comments from the public, the DGAC meeting also included presentations from each of the five subcommitees, as well as three invited experts regarding sustainability, dietary patterns and the scope of the Dietary Guidelines. Here are two of the issues that will be important to the Dietary Guidelines as a whole, and specifically for dairy.


    Sustainability and the impact of food choices on the environment represent one of the areas that the DGAC has considered incorporating into the 2015 Dietary Guidelines since its first meeting. The interest continued with a presentation by a speaker invited to address this topic and with a subcommittee tasked with examining research on food safety and sustainability. This topic has not been included in past DGAC reports. Discussions about sustainability focused on the concept that meat and animal products, including dairy, have an overall negative impact on the environment. One of the public commenters was a dairy farmer from Vermont, representing the Innovation Center for U.S. ... Read More
  • 2014 Kicks Off with 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee Meeting

    January 07, 2014
    Happy New Year! This will be quite a year for nutrition issues: more work on the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, nutrition labeling for restaurant menus, updates to the Nutrition Facts panel and implementation of nutrition standards for competitive foods in schools. January starts off with the second meeting of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee next Monday and Tuesday, January 13 and 14. This is the meeting that was cancelled in October due to the government shutdown. I will be presenting oral comments on behalf of IDFA on Tuesday morning. The meeting will also include presentations by experts and reports from the five subcommittees. These subcommittee reports will help identify the topic areas that have been identified as high priorities for investigation by the committee. If you are interested in observing the meeting, you can still register to attend either in-person or via webinar at The meeting agenda and additional information about the Dietary Guidelines can also be found at that website. Read More
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