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NBC’s TODAY Show Utilizes EMSL Analytical’s Food Testing Laboratory


This week the TODAY Show reported that some diet foods may exaggerate calorie and fat claims by analyzing the popular frozen meals at EMSL Analytical’s food testing laboratory.

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NBC’s Jeff Rossen was interviewed by Matt Lauer of the TODAY Show for a segment about diet foods. A number of popular frozen diets foods were tested to determine if their fat and calorie content matched what the manufacturers reported on the food packaging labels.

As reported on the TODAY Show the results from EMSL’s food testing laboratory showed packaging claims to vary widely. While some frozen diet foods showed levels of fat or calories as much as 60% below what was reported on the labeling others were as high as 350% above what was listed on the packaging.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) allows manufacturers to be as much as 20% off of what is listed on the food packaging label. According to the FDA website, “The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is responsible for assuring that foods sold in the United States are safe, wholesome and properly labeled. This applies to foods produced domestically, as well as foods from foreign countries. The Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) and the Fair Packaging and Labeling Act are the Federal laws governing food products under FDA’s jurisdiction.” It goes on to state, “The Nutrition Labeling and Education Act (NLEA), which amended the FD&C Act requires most foods to bear nutrition labeling and requires food labels that bear nutrient content claims and certain health messages to comply with specific requirements.”

EMSL Analytical, a leading food and consumer products testing laboratory, provides food testing services for the food processing industry and the general public. “Ensuring that customers are getting what the food packaging labels claim is governed by the FDA,” stated Joe Frasca, Senior Vice President for EMSL Analytical, Inc. “EMSL Analytical can help food manufacturers, processors and distributors ensure that not only are the food labels accurate, but also that the ingredients claimed to be in a product actually exist.”

To learn more about food testing services contact EMSL Analytical at (800) 220-3675, visit and, or email To view the NBC TODAY Show segment visit

About EMSL Analytical, Inc.
EMSL Analytical is a nationally recognized and locally focused provider of quality food, environmental and materials testing services and products to professionals and the general public. The company has an extensive list of accreditations from leading organizations as well as state and federal regulating bodies.


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