Food Labeling: Questions and Answers: A Guide for Restaurants and Other Retail Establishments

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DIANE Publishing, 1997 - 62 pages
The Nat. Labeling & Educ. Act (NLEA) of 1990 & the final reg's. to implement the NLEA provide for a number of fundamental changes in how food is labeled, including requiring that nutrition labeling be placed on most foods, requiring that terms that characterize the level of nutrients in a food be used in accordance with established definitions, & providing for the use of claims about the relationship between nutrients & diseases. These changes apply to virtually all foods in the food supply, including those sold in restaurants. This publication provides guidance to facilitate compliance with the new reg's.
 

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Page 15 - raw agricultural commodity" means any food in its raw or natural state, including all fruits that are washed, colored, or otherwise treated in their unpeeled natural form prior to marketing...
Page 32 - Health claims: fruits, vegetables, and grain products that contain fiber, particularly soluble fiber, and risk of coronary heart disease.
Page 60 - For purposes of subclauses (i), (ii), (iii), (iv), and (v) — (I) the term "unit" means the packaging or, if there is no packaging, the form in which a food product is offered for sale to consumers, (II) the term "food product" means food in any sized package which is manufactured by a single manufacturer or which bears the same brand name, which bears the same statement of identity, and which has similar preparation methods, and (III) the term "person" in the case of a corporation includes all...
Page 36 - ... healthy, contains 3 grams (g) of fat"). (3) Except for claims regarding vitamins and minerals described in paragraph...
Page 32 - ... heart"), symbols (eg, a heart symbol), or vignettes, characterizes the relationship of any substance to a disease or healthrelated condition. Implied health claims include those statements, symbols, vignettes, or other forms of communication that suggest, within the context in which they are presented, that a relationship exists between the presence or level of a substance in the food and a disease or health-related condition. (2) Substance means a specific food or component of food, regardless...
Page 60 - Office of Food Labeling (HFS-150), Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, Food and Drug Administration, 200 C St. SW., Washington, DC 20204, or may be inspected at the Office of the Federal Register, 800 North Capitol St.
Page 34 - Disqualifying nutrient levels means the levels of total fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, or sodium in a food above which the food will be disqualified from making a health claim. These levels are 13.0 grams (g) of fat, 4.0 g of saturated fat, 60 milligrams (mg) of cholesterol, or 480 mg of sodium, per reference amount customarily consumed, per label serving size, and, only for foods with reference amounts customarily consumed of 30 g or less or 2 tablespoons or less, per 50...
Page 53 - ... Sodium" must be used in the same type size, color & prominence. "Light in Sodium" for meals = "Low in Sodium. " • "Very Low Sodium": 35mg or less per reference amount (and per 50g if reference amount is small). For meals and main dishes: 35mg or less per 100g. • "Salt Free" must meet criterion for "Sodium Free". • "No Salt Added...
Page 47 - For foods bearing relative claims: (i) The label or labeling must state the identity of the reference food and the percentage (or fraction) of the amount of the nutrient in the reference food by which the nutrient in the labeled food differs (eg, "50 percent less fat than (reference food)" or "1/3 fewer calories than (reference food)"), (ii) This information shall be immediately adjacent to the most prominent claim.
Page 47 - For relative claims other than "light," including "less" and "more" claims, the reference product may be the same as that provided for "light" in paragraph (j)(l)(ii)(A) of this section or it may be the manufacturer's regular product, or that of another manufacturer, that has been offered for sale to the public on a regular basis for a substantial period of time in the same geographic area by the same business entity or by one entitled to use its trade name, provided the name of the competitor is...

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