March 2022 | USDA Announces Stricter Standards for School Nutrition

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ESHA NEWS

ESHA Research announces the acquisition by the Riverside Company. This partnership will accelerate the launch of new software products and services for our customers and allow ESHA to meet the demands of the future.
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INDUSTRY NEWS

USDA Announces Stricter Standards for School Nutrition

The Biden administration is making changes to its school nutrition standards for the 2022-23 school year by tightening rules for fat and salt after restrictions were eased during pandemic.
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FDA Publishes Final Guidance for Voluntary Product Recalls

The FDA finalized guidance to help companies prepare to quickly and effectively remove violative products from the market. The guidance describes steps companies should take to develop recall policies and procedures to reduce the time a recalled product is on the market, thus limiting the public’s exposure to risk.
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Court Upholds Industry-Standard Method for Calculating Front-of-Pack Protein Content Claims

Court says manufacturers can continue to make protein content claims on their packaging when also reporting the amount of protein on the Nutrition Facts label.
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Study: Sesame Hidden on Food Labels

Sesame will have to be declared as an allergen on food packaging starting next year, but it is severely under-identified on food labeling right now, according to a new study.
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FDA Puts New Yogurt Standard of Identity on Hold

The final rule, published on June 11, 2021, which amended the standard of identity for yogurt and revoked the definitions and standards of identity for low fat yogurt and nonfat yogurt, has been put on hold by the FDA.
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WHAT WE PUBLISHED

Blog: Food Processor: All About Reports

This blog provides tips for using the reports in The Food Processor that let you assess your client’s diet and activity level and present that information to the client.
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Blog: Food Product Labeling and Packaging 101

In order to sell your food products in the U.S., you must comply with the FDA’s packaging laws. This blog should help clarify the basics of packaging regulations.
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FAQ OF THE MONTH

Q: Would Cranberry Concentrate Juice Powder in a powdered beverage product need to be declared as added sugars on the label? Does it make a difference whether the cranberry juice is a powder or concentrate?

A: There are various aspects to be considered when working with juice concentrate products and declaring Added Sugars. Added Sugars declaration from juice powders and juice powder concentrates is addressed in FDA Guidance: Nutrition and Supplement Facts Labels: Questions and Answers Related to the Compliance Date, Added Sugars, and Declaration of Quantitative Amounts of Vitamins and Minerals: Guidance for Industry.

“7. Do sugars found in fruits and vegetables that have been processed to change the form of the fruit or vegetable (e.g., concentrated fruit and vegetable purees, fruit and vegetable pastes, and fruit and vegetable powders) need to be declared as added sugars on the label?

…However, we consider sugars in powders made from fruit and vegetable juices to be the same as those found in concentrated fruit and vegetable juices because such powders are essentially concentrated fruit and vegetable juices that have all moisture removed. Therefore, some or all sugars contributed by a powder made from fruit or vegetable juices must be declared as added sugars on the label as required by the Nutrition Facts label final rule, depending on the degree of reconstitution in the finished food.

…Powders made from fruit and vegetable juices that are sold to consumers in drink mixes typically provide directions to dilute the product with water before consumption. Therefore, we would consider powdered fruit and vegetable juices made from 100 percent juices which are sold to consumers with instructions to use water to reconstitute the juice to single strength (100 percent) to be the same as non-powdered 100 percent fruit or vegetable juices described in the final rule. Therefore, the sugars in powdered fruit and vegetable juice made from 100 percent juices which are sold to consumers in drink mixes with instructions to use water to reconstitute the juice to single strength do not need to be declared as added sugars on the label.”

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WEBINARS

Upcoming Seminar:
U.S. REGULATIONS FOR FOOD PRODUCT LABELING

The first step to complying with regulations is understanding them. This training will provide a deep dive into the U.S. food labeling regulatory landscape, with a focus on FDA regulations. Attendees will walk away with an understanding of the requirements of, nuances to, and exemptions for food product labeling.
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Recorded Webinar:
LABELING ADDED SUGARS IN FOODS AND BEVERAGES

Because Added Sugars contribute only empty calories to a diet, their overconsumption can make getting enough essential vitamins and minerals difficult. To encourage consumer awareness of Added Sugars in food products, the FDA’s 2016 Food Labeling Revisions established Added Sugars as a mandatory label nutrient and clarified the definition.
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TUTORIALS

Genesis R&D Foods: Using the Added Sugar Symbol and Statement
This tutorial walks you through the necessary steps for using a symbol and explanatory statement for Added Sugars if your product is a single ingredient sweetened with sugar.
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Food Processor: Using Nutrients to View Effectively
What you select in the Nutrients to View dialog dictates the nutrients that will show up in your reports, your Person’s intake recommendations, and your Ingredient and Recipe edit nutrients window. This tutorial will show you how to add, modify and save nutrient lists.
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TRAINING
Trainings are available online or in-person.

Genesis R&D Professional + FDA Regulations

Topics covered include FDA regulations, creating ingredients and composite ingredients, building recipes/formulas, nutrition analysis, moisture loss, reporting, labeling, best practices.

Genesis R&D Advanced Training

Topics covered include using PDCAAS, International Food Labeling, Advanced Label Settings, and more.

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