Volume 13, Number
6 - June
Hello from Food
As the school year comes to a close, were already heading
back-to-school for an overview of changes to the
requirements for Child Nutrition labeling. In addition, the
close-up on Nutrition Facts Labels continues with an example
of a bilingual label in English and Spanish. Happy Summer!
Back-to-school on School Nutrition
rely on school breakfasts and lunches to keep their children
healthy. In January 2012, the USDA Food and Nutrition
Service released new
regulations for Child
Nutrition (CN) Programs to align meal patterns and nutrition standards with
the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, as well as USDA's
MyPlate food guidance system and the related SuperTracker.
policy memo on grain requirements provided
direction for CN labeling for grain-based products. These
requirements are to be phased in over the next two years.
The policy memo details prescribed levels of foods
that meet the new "whole grain-rich" criteria.
Foods that qualify as whole grain-rich are foods that
contain: 1) 100% whole grain, or 2) a blend of whole grain
meal/flour and enriched meal/flour where at least
50% of the blend is whole grain.
The nomenclature is changing from "grain/bread servings"
to "ounce equivalent grain" (abbreviated
as oz eq grain).
Creditable grain is now to be calculated on the
basis of 16 grams of grain ingredients per ounce
equivalent; previously it was 14.75 grams,
effectively lowering the grain values.
Now there is both a weekly minimum and maximum for the
grain requirements; previously there was only a
If a single flavor compound is added
to a product for flavor, do you
list it as flavor or by its common name
in the ingredient statement?
− W.S., Illinois,
statement of the food to which the
flavor is added may declare the flavor
as "natural flavor" or
"artificial flavor" as long as the
flavor additive meets the applicable
definition in 21CFR101.22.
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The new requirements that establish a maximum on oz eq
grains also provide a ceiling for calories that help
address the growing problem of obesity in children. See a
quick two-page summary
of the Breakfast Meal Patterns,
Lunch Meal Patterns, and Other Specifications for CN
Examples of Nutrition Facts
Part 9 of 10
Requirements for Nutrition Facts in the U.S. are
very specific. Use of bilingual labels (English and
another language) is voluntary. If, however, any
foreign language is used anywhere on the label then
all required label components including the
Nutrition Facts panel must be present in both
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