Current and Proposed Food Labels Presentation

Originally Published: May 8, 2015
Last Updated: March 10, 2021

“The Present and Proposed Future of Food Labels and their Impact on Proteins” was presented at the 2015 Protein Trends & Technologies Seminar by Riëtte van Laack, JD, Ph.D., Director, Hyman, Phelps & McNamara, PC.

Abstract: With increasing consumer interest in proteins and the nutritional content of their foods and supplements, information communicated by package labels is more crucial than ever for a product’s success. The FDA’s proposed changes to a food’s Nutrition Facts panel, the most significant since the panel’s inception some 20 years ago, has resulted in thousands of comments. This presentation looks at proposed changes, with a focus on information impacting protein content and sources, and the subsequent consumer and food industry responses. What will likely be required and what may be optional? What foods will be impacted? Gain insights into how the new labels may alter how you work with proteins.

Excerpts from the written summary of this presentation: One of the few and possibly only changes directly impacting proteins is a proposed increase in the reference daily intakes (RDI) for lactating women from 60-65g per day of protein to 71g. The FDA’s large draft proposal centers on the need to update the Nutrition Facts box with the goal of improving how information is presented to consumers.

The previous iteration of Nutritional Facts dates back to the early 1990s, and the FDA is reportedly revisiting nutrition labeling requirements out of concerns about obesity in American consumers; new nutrient definitions; new data reference intake values; new analytical methods; and new dietary recommendations, said van Laack.

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