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July 2020

Welcome to July's Label Alert! In this issue, the allergy community voices concerns about FDA's temporary food labeling guidance, how coronavirus has changed most consumers' food habits, and more

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Temporary Food Labeling Policies in Light of the COVID-19 Pandemic 
In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in March relaxed its labeling requirements for food manufacturers and restaurants to aid the distribution and sale of food during this pandemic.
Allergy Community Still Concerned about FDA's Temporary Labeling Guidance
In May, the FDA issued temporary guidance for food labeling in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The guidance was temporarily updated due to food manufacturers' claims that ingredient shortages and supply chain disruptions would require recipe reformulations-meaning the omission or substitution of minor ingredients.
Coronavirus Changed 85% of Consumers' Food Habits
More than four out of five consumers say the coronavirus pandemic has changed their food habits, driving them to cook, eat, shop and think about food differently, according to the annual Food & Health Survey from the International Food Information Council.
National Calorie Menu Labeling Law Could Add Years of Healthy Living, Save Billions
The national law requiring chain restaurants to include calorie labels on menus is estimated to prevent tens of thousands of new heart disease and type 2 diabetes cases-and save thousands of lives-in just five years, according to a new study estimating the law's impact.
Lawsuit Filed about Deceptive Milk Claims on Snack Pack
Consumers filed a federal class action lawsuit in New York ... accusing ConAgra Brands of deceptively labeling its Chocolate Fudge Snack Pack pudding cups as "Made with Real Milk."
Sugar Group Petitions FDA on Sweetener Labeling
The Sugar Association on June 3 filed a US Food and Drug Administration Citizen Petition asking the FDA to require complete and accurate labeling of low- and no-calorie sweeteners on food packages, which it said will "extend labeling transparency, end misleading practices and help consumers make more informed decisions."
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