New Food Labeling Initiative Announced
EMSL Analytical offers food testing services for manufacturers, processors, distributors and retailers to ensure foods are safe, to test for allergens and to make sure that what is on the label is in the product.
Last week the Grocery Manufacturing Association (GMA) and the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) announced new labeling initiatives in an online press release. The release stated, “America’s leading food and beverage manufacturers and retailers joined forces today in the fight against obesity and announced their commitment to develop a new front-of-package nutrition labeling system. The unprecedented consumer initiative will make it easier for busy consumers to make informed choices when they shop.”
While the news was welcomed by some, others are skeptical and view the statement as an effort to prevent the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Front-of-Package (FOP) label initiative. These new labels will focus on contents per serving and according to last week’s press release, “This program will add important nutrition information on calories and other nutrients to limit to the front of the packages of many of the country’s most popular food and beverage products. To appeal to busy consumers, the information will be presented in a fact-based, simple and easy-to-use format.”
EMSL Analytical, one of the nation’s largest food testing laboratories, provides testing solutions that help educate the public about the content of foods and helps protect people from foodborne illnesses from such pathogens as Salmonella and E. coli. “Anytime the consumer is given more information about what they are about to eat it helps people make better choices,” reported Joe Frasca, Senior Vice President at EMSL. “EMSL offers complete labeling services to help companies that are part of the GMA and FMI initiative label their products in accordance to their new guidelines. In addition, to help educate the public and food safety professionals the company has released a ‘Foodborne Illness’ poster that is available free of charge at the company’s website.”
About EMSL Analytical, Inc.
EMSL Analytical is a nationally recognized and locally focused provider of 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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