Government Affairs Update from the Academy
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
FDA’s Proposed Delay of Nutrition Facts Label Compliance Raises Academy’s concerns
The Academy is in the process of reviewing the rationale from the Food and Drug Administration for its proposed delay of the compliance deadline by up to 1 1/2 years for final rules associated with the updated Nutrition Facts Label. As stated by the FDA in its proposal, manufacturers with $10 million or more in annual food sales would have until January 1, 2020 to implement the new label, and manufacturers with less than $10 million in annual food sales would have until January 1, 2021. The Academy will be commenting to the FDA about its proposal and its consistency with the Academy's Principles for Nutrition Labeling. We will keep you updated on more information as it becomes available.
Link Between Worksite Wellness and Cancer, Cardiovascular and Other Chronic Disease Prevention
According to the Bureau Labor of Statistics of 2016, Americans spend 41 percent of every food dollar on food purchased away from home. The Academy encourages the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to recognize worksite food consumption for its expected substantial contribution to overall nutrition and calorie intake and thus its effect on health status. On October 10, 2017, the Academy released comments on the CDC’s Draft National Occupational Research Agenda focused on the preventive nature of effective worksite wellness measures, and emphasized the Academy’s support for the continuation of funding, research vetting of relevant resources and the sharing of best practices and strategies from successful evidence-based workplace wellness programs.