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What’s in a name? What you should know about foods and flavors.

What’s in a name? What you should know about foods and flavors.

Many foods or beverages are flavored—but how can you tell where those flavors come from? For example, if you’re digging into a bowl of cereal that has the word “maple” on the package, and even images of maple leaves, you may think you’re…

Premarket safety notifications for dietary supplement industry

Premarket safety notifications for dietary supplement industry

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a revised draft guidance to improve dietary supplement companies’ new dietary ingredient (NDI) premarket safety notifications to the agency. These notifications help the agency identify safety concerns before products reach consumers. Under the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA), the manufacturer…

Do you know how much salt you’re eating?

Do you know how much salt you’re eating?

Do you try to be careful about the amount of salt in your diet? Are you pretty sure you’re eating about the right amount of salt (also known as sodium chloride) every day, according to what most experts recommend? You may be wrong about that. Even if you…

A web-based guide for reading the label

A web-based guide for reading the label

The Nutrition Facts label is found on packaged foods and beverages, and can serve as your daily guide for comparing foods and making healthy choices. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is making it even easier to explore and interpret the wealth of information on the label with…

Draft guidance for voluntary sodium reduction in food

Draft guidance for voluntary sodium reduction in food

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued draft guidance for public comment that provides practical, voluntary sodium reduction targets for the food industry. Average sodium intake in the U.S. is approximately 3,400 mg/day. The draft short-term (two-year) and long-term (10-year) voluntary targets…

Evaporated cane juice guidance

Evaporated cane juice guidance

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)  released a final guidance for the industry stating FDA’s view that sweeteners derived from sugar cane should not be declared on food labels as “ evaporated cane juice “. The FDA’s view is that the term “ evaporated cane juice ” is false…

FDA reveals updated Nutrition Facts label

FDA reveals updated Nutrition Facts label

On May 20th, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration took a major step in making sure consumers have updated nutritional information for most packaged foods sold in the United States, that will help people make informed decisions about the foods they eat and feed their families. “I am…

Final guidance on frequently asked questions about medical foods

Final guidance on frequently asked questions about medical foods

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has published a resource to give industry more information about the definition and labeling of medical foods. The final guidance for industry “Frequently Asked Questions About Medical Foods: Second Edition,” represents FDA’s current thinking on medical foods. This second edition, which finalizes…

Gluten-free food labeling

Gluten-free food labeling

May is Celiac Awareness Month. An estimated 3 million Americans suffer from celiac disease, a genetic autoimmune digestive disorder that damages the small intestine. Celiac disease is triggered by consumption of a protein called gluten, which is found in wheat, barley, rye, and crossbreeds of these grains. Gluten gives breads…

Folic acid in corn masa flour allowed

Folic acid in corn masa flour allowed

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved folic acid fortification of corn masa flour. The approval allows manufacturers to voluntarily add up to 0.7 milligrams of folic acid per pound of corn masa flour, consistent with the levels of certain other enriched cereal grains. Corn masa flour, sometimes…