Nutrition Labeling

For decades, the food industry has obstructed attempts to require clear labeling on products and in restaurants. While federal law now requires chain restaurants to post calories on menus, questions remain regarding local labeling laws. Meanwhile, the packaged food industry wants to stop federal regulations calling for clear information on front of packages, adding to the confusion. Eat Drink Politics can help you understand this regulatory mess and propose solutions.


The Other NRA: National Restaurant Association eviscerates the rights of customers, workers, and children

By Michele Simon and Saru Jayaraman Food movement leaders tend to stick to their specific issues, whether it’s advocating for healthy food, fighting for workers’ rights or curbing marketing to children. For each of these issues, there are numerous food corporations that need to change. But there is one organization that conveniently provides us with [...]

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Ask a Food Lawyer: Why are some foods containing partially hydrogenated oils labeled “zero grams trans fat”?

Nutrition Facts for Land O Lakes “Fresh Buttery Taste” Spread Serving Size: 1 tbsp (14g) Amount Per Serving Calories 70 Calories from Fat 70 Total Fat 8 g 12% Saturated Fat 2 g 10% Trans Fat 0 g Ingredients: Liquid Soybean Oil, Water, Partially Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Buttermilk*, Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Contains Less Than 2% [...]

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Ask a Food Lawyer: What does “natural” mean on food labels?

Short answer: Next to nothing. With the nation finally waking up to the sad reality that truly healthy food doesn’t come in a box, food manufacturers are desperate to keep shoppers fooled into thinking highly processed food products are good for them. How do companies get away with this? Because the federal government lets them. [...]

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Top 10 Lies Told by McDonald’s CEO at Annual Shareholder’s Meeting

Last week at McDonald’s annual shareholder’s meeting, CEO Don Thompson got caught off-guard when a team of 15 advocates, led by Corporate Accountability International, descended upon corporate headquarters to question the fast food leader’s relentless exploitation of children and communities of color. Read rest at Corporate Accountability International ….

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Panelist at Natural Products Expo West on March 7

I am pleased to take part in this panel on March 7 and the Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim. GMO Labeling: Where Are We Now? Washington State, the National FDA Just Label It Effort, and Lessons Learned from Prop 37 Thursday, March 7, 2013, 8:30 – 9:30 a.m, Anaheim Marriott Hotel, Platinum Ballroom 1 [...]

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