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  • 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

  • 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

 
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