Nutrition and Health
Current News and Highlights for Nutrition and Health
NMPF Submits Comments on Proposal to Revise Nutrition Facts Panel
On October 13, 2015, NMPF submitted comments in response to FDA’s supplemental proposal to revise the Nutrition Facts Panel. The supplemental proposal would establish a Daily Reference Value (DRV) for “Added Sugars” (10 percent of total energy intake from added sugars) and would require the declaration of the percent Daily Value (DV) for added sugars on the label.
In summary, NMPF did not support the proposal as we disagreed with FDA that a mandatory declaration of “added sugars” would assist consumers in maintaining healthy dietary practices and, more specifically, cited numerous reasons why FDA’s definition of “added sugars” would result in consumer confusion, especially with respect to dried and concentrated dairy ingredients. This is similar to comments that NMPF submitted last year on FDA’s original proposal to revise the Nutrition Facts Panel.
Read NMPF's full comments online.
NMPF Submits Comments on Industrial versus Natural Trans Fats
On March 8, 2014, NMPF submitted comments responding to a Food and Drug Administration Federal Register notice concerning a tentative decision to withdraw a “generally recognized as safe,” or GRAS, designation for partially hydrogenated oils because they are the primary dietary source of industrially produced trans fats.
NMPF urged the agency, should it decide to withdraw the GRAS designation, to distinguish between industrial-produced trans fats, which do not occur in nature, and ruminant trans fats, which occur naturally in meat and milk and are unavoidable in ordinary diets.
Reducing consumption of ruminant trans fats, NMPF said, could result in undesirable dietary effects, such as lower intakes of the nine essential nutrients in milk and milk products.
Read NMPF’s full comments online.
Resource Center for the Dairy Industry on Nutrition and Health
- Current Dietary Guidelines for Americans
- USDA's Dietary Guidelines Icon "MyPlate"
- Raise Your Hand for Chocolate Milk
- Fuel Up To Play 60 (also the Newsweek In-School Guidebook "How to Build a Healthy Kid")
- Institute of Medicine Reports:
Dairy Research Insights
Dairy Research Insights is a monthly e-newsletter that brings industry the latest research and technical insights through scientific summaries of dairy research in the areas of nutrition, product development and sustainability. It is a project of the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy, of which NMPF is a member.
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