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What Is Natural? NJ Congressman Tackles Food Labeling

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April 23, 2018
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What Is Natural? NJ Congressman Tackles Food Labeling


 “Food labels play an important role in the nation’s battle against obesity and diet-related disease.”


Earlier this month, New Jersey Congressman, Frank Pallone (6th District), introduced the Food Labeling Modernization Act (FLMA). This bill is intended to prevent food companies from making misleading health claims on their front-of-package labels.

The purpose of the bill, according to Pallone, is to aid in the nation’s battle against obesity and diet-related disease – with food labels playing in an important role. Food labeling provisions in the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act have not been updated since 1990.

The proposed legislation will require food manufacturers to make updates on the ingredient lists of packaged foods by establishing a single, standard front of package nutrition labeling system to help consumers understand what they’re eating – including establishing new guidelines for phrases like “Healthy” and “Natural.”

An example of mislabeling, provided by Pallone’s office, is of a cereal manufacturer who has front-of package label saying “natural flavors,” yet not stating that it has plenty of artificial colors. The FMLA solution would require the presence of all natural and artificial sweeteners, colors, and flavorings to be prominently stated on the front of package.

The proposed bill has been referred to the Energy and Commerce Committee.


More information is available at Congressman Frank Pallone’s website