One of the proposals set forth by the FDA earlier this month is to revise the nutrients that must be declared on a nutrition label. While the evidence and reasoning might very well support this change, the food labeling industry is concerned that the addition of the new nutrients required for labeling may cause some difficulty for food manufacturers to comply within a timely manner using a database software analysis.
It’s on nearly every product we buy through a retailer: the black and white striped rectangle with a bunch of numbers under it – a UPC code. You see it every day, but do you know what it is? And if you are a start-up food company, do you need to have one on your labels?
Today the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) issued a proposal to amend the regulation for raw meat and poultry products with added solutions, which are sometimes referred to as ‘enhanced products.’ As stated in the Federal Register, the proposal asks to include “an accurate description of the component, the percentage of added solution incorporated into the raw meat or poultry product, and the individual ingredients or multi-ingredient components in the solution listed in the descending order of predominance by weight.” They are also recommending font and color specifications for printing on the labels regarding this added solution.