Monday, 22 October 2018

 

The US National Potato Council joined more than 60 organizations, representing farmers, manufacturers, small businesses and retailers in supporting the Accurate Labels Act, introduced by senator Jerry Moran (R-KS) and representatives Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) and Kurt Schrader (D-OR).

"The potato industry strongly supports this common-sense legislation. Consumers should be provided with information they can trust about the products they purchase. Verifiable science-based information should be the foundation of these disclosures," said John Keeling, executive vice president and C.E.O. of the National Potato Council.

The legislation will amend the Fair Packaging and Labeling Act to:

Ensure consumers have access to clear, accurate and meaningful product labels;

Establish science-based criteria for all state and local labeling requirements that exceed current federal standards;

Allow state-mandated product information to be provided through smartphone-enabled "smart labels" and on websites;

Ensure that covered product information is risk-based; and

Will maintain current federal laws related to allergens, nutrition facts and medicines.

The National Potato Council is a member of the Coalition for Accurate Product Labels (www.accuratelabels.com), which advocates for meaningful, science-based information about the products consumers buy and use.   

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USDA and FDA Work at New Labeling Rules 

FDA to Issue Guidance on Menu Labeling Requirements 

Public Discussions on Use of “Healthy” Labeling 



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