By Summer Banks FNS, SPT on Dec 01, 2018

With rising concerns over artificial ingredients, “genetically modified organisms,” or GMOs, and trans fats, the debate surrounding food labeling can be contentious. Additionally, Harvard Medical School reports there is scientific research that some food ingredients can cause a change in brain chemistry. Here is a list of food labeling resources so you have the latest information on what food companies HAVE to share:

Food Labeling Laws

The Food and Drug Administration: The FDA is currently amending food-labeling guidelines.

Vermont’s First-in-the-Nation State GMO Labeling Law

States Fighting GMOs: A state-by-state rundown of GMO labeling bills.

Federal Food Labeling Requirements: A user-friendly guide for meat and eggs.

Food Labeling Requirements

Food Labeling Guide: FDA Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition guide to understanding food labeling requirements.

FDA Food Labeling Requirements eBook: A simplification of FDA food-labeling guidelines.

USDA Food Labeling: National Agricultural Library

Moving Food Labeling Towards National Uniformity: Comparison and Analysis of Federal and State Food Labeling Requirements.

Food Labeling Issues

U.S. National Library of Medicine: Proposed updates to the “Nutrition Facts Label.”

About GMO Food Labeling: USDA publishes controversial food labeling analysis

16 Most Misleading Food Labels: Nearly 60 percent of consumers have difficulty understanding food labels.

U.S. Food and Drug Administration: Comments on the Term “Natural” on Food Labeling.

Food Labeling Act

The Nutrition Labeling and Education Act of 1990: Authorizes FDA to require nutrition labeling for foods.

H.R.3562 – Nutrition Labeling and Education Act of 1990: Applies voluntary guidelines to the 20 most frequently consumed vegetables, fruit and fish.

H.R.1599 – Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015: Seeks to amend the Plant Protection Act.

H.R.5298 – Food Date Labeling Act of 2016: Requirements for quality and safety dates in food labeling.

Food Labeling Definition

FDA: How to Understand and Use the Nutrition Facts Label.

WebMD Nutrition Facts: a glossary of food labeling definitions.

Live Science Magazine: Food Labels and Definitions of Natural and Organic Foods

Cleveland Museum of Natural History: What do food labels really mean?

Food Labeling Debate

The Center for Food Safety: Genetically Engineered Food: The Labeling Debate

National Press Foundation: Understanding the GMO Labeling Debate (video)

Food Labeling: Would warning labels on food make people eat better?

American Society for Clinical Nutrition: Consumer perspectives on food labels

Food Labeling Court Cases

10 Important Supreme Court Cases: Rulings on misleading labeling cases.

Forbes: Plaintiffs sued for falsely labeling products as “All” or “100-percent Natural.”

Bowman vs. Monsanto: Makes Further Case for GE Labeling

Labeling Litigation in 2017: Consumer groups allege products were misleadingly labeled.

Food Labeling Training

The Grocery Manufacturers Association: Offers workshops on food labeling rules.

U.S. Food and Drug Administration: Training Videos

ComplianceOnline: Instructions on how to create labels in compliance with regulations.

ESHA Research: A master food and nutrient database containing over 72,000 food items.

Food Labeling Articles

Chicago Tribune: GMO labeling debate puts food industry on defensive.

Fox News: What you need to know about GMO foods.

University of Arkansas: Read It Before You Eat It!

U.S. Food and Drug Administration: Reading the Nutrition Facts label.

Food Labeling Allergens

Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act of 2004: Questions and Answers

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America: FAQ on Food Allergen Labeling Consumer Protection Act

FDA: Food Allergies: What You Need to Know

FDA: Food Allergies: Reducing the Risks (video)

Food Labeling and Obesity

American Society for Clinical Nutrition: Government perspective on food labeling.

U.S. National Library of Medicine: Nutrition Labeling to Prevent Obesity; a quality resource for food addiction help.

International Journal of Obesity: Improving the design of nutrition labels to promote healthier choices.

National Bureau of Economic Research: Nutrition Labels and Obesity

Food Labeling and Packaging

Center for Food Safety: U.S. Food and Drug Administration states attention needed for GMO foods.

Food Labeling Fact Sheets: A glossary of terms to make buying meat products less confusing.

Food Allergy Research and Education: Food-labeling issues related to food production changes.

North Dakota State University: Packaging, labeling, transporting and storing food products.

Food Labeling Benefits

Center for Food Safety: Benefits of Nutrition Information on Food Labels

Livestrong: Why Reading Food Labels is Important.

Union of Concerned Scientists: Transparency in Food Labeling

Food Labeling Basics

University of California: Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources: Food Labeling

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: The Basics of the Nutrition Facts Label

United States Department of Agriculture: Basics of Labeling

America Heart Association: Understanding Food Nutrition Labels

Food Labeling Companies

Cornell University: Cornell Food Venture Center Nutrition: Labeling via computer analysis

NutriData: Nutrition Analysis and Food Labeling

Prime Label Consultants: Provides compliance training for numerous government agencies.

Online Labels: Nutrition Facts for Your Products

Food Labeling Consultant

Food Consulting Company: Over 1,500 clients worldwide.

RL Food Testing Laboratory: Food Labeling, Lab Services and Consulting

Food Label Consultants: Confirming labels comply with federal regulations.

Food Labeling Certification

FoodLab: Professional Nutritional Analysis Services

Food Ingredients Online: Hands-on Labeling Certification Program

Organic Labels and Food Certifications: Managing organic certification programs.

Mother Nature Network: 17 food certification labels decoded.

Food Labeling Changes

USDA: Changes to the Nutrition Facts Label

USDA: Proposed Rule on GMO Food Labeling. May 2018

Medical News Bulletin: FDA Implements Changes to Nutrition Facts Label.

Today’s Dietitian: The New Food Label: What RDs Need to Know

USA Today: FDA delays deadline for nutrition labels.

Food Labeling Design

George Mason University: Why the Nutrition Label Fails to Inform Consumers

University of Minnesota: The Economics of Labeling

U.S. National Library of Medicine: Presentation of Nutrition Information on Food Labels

Resource Label Group

Food Labeling Facts

USDA Organic Labeling: Organic products require strict production and labeling procedures.

National Sanitation Foundation: Organic Labeling Requirements

Kids Health: Agencies regulate health claims on food labels.

FDA: How to Understand and use the Nutrition Facts Label

Food Labeling Guide

U.S. Food and Drug Administration: Labeling and Nutrition Guidance Documents

Animal Welfare Institute: A Consumer’s Guide to Food Labels and Animal Welfare

California Department of Public Health: Labeling Requirements for Cottage Food Products

Cornell Law School: Food exemptions from labeling.

Food Labeling In Restaurants

Department of Health and Human Services: The Affordable Healthcare Act requires labeling of standard menu items.

U.S. Food and Drug Administration: Labeling Requirements for Food Establishments and Vending Machines

National Restaurant Association: Menu Labeling

National Public Radio: FDA Issues New Rules For Restaurants


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Summer Banks has researched over 5000 weight-loss programs, pills, shakes and diet plans. Previously, she managed 15 supplement brands, worked with professionals in the weight loss industry and completed coursework in nutrition at Stanford University.

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