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Food Industry Labeling: The Nuances of Meeting FDA Standards
by cjleclaire
 Stephen Hans Blog
May 21, 2015 | 315 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

At the end of November, 2014, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) began requiring restaurants and vending machine companies to label foods for nutritional value. At first glance, this requirement may not seem like a significant legal issue, but in light of a recent investigation, perhaps there is more than meets the eye.

In March, 2015, the FDA issued a warning letter to a New York company called Kind, LLC

The company manufactures healthy snacks, and the FDA warned that the company’s labeling failed to meet FDA labeling requirements for its products: Kind Fruit & Nut Almond & Apricot, Kind Fruit & Nut Almond & Coconut, Kind Plus Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate Protein, and Kind Plus Dark Chocolate Cherry Cashew Antioxidants.
The labeling on these snacks violated the Federal, Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. Some of the words used in advertising the product included “healthy and tasty,” “convenient and wholesome,” “good source of fiber,” “no trans fats” and “very low sodium.” The FDA maintains strict percentage standards for certain nutrients to be called “no trans fats” or “antioxidant rich” and “very low sodium.”

The following was an example of how product labeling was inconsistent with FDA standards. To meet a claim of “healthy,” foods must conform to the standards set forth in 21 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 101.65(d)(2) . “Low saturated fat” is a fat content of one gram or less and with no more than 15 percent of the calories in the food derived from saturated fat. The Kind, LLC products had 3.5 grams of saturated fat, not one gram or less.

This was just one of a number of violations and the warning letter gave Kind, LLC 15 days to respond and explain the actions being taken to correct each of the violations listed.

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More Trees, Please! Wealthy neighborhoods have the most trees!
by RachelleN
 Random Thoughts
May 20, 2015 | 10161 views | 2 2 comments | 380 380 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

 "God has cared for these trees, saved them from drought, disease, avalanches, and a thousand tempests and floods. But he cannot save them from fools." ~John Muir

If you'd like to request a tree planting on your street or want to report illegal tree cutting or damage, visit this page:


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May 20, 2015
Dear Frankie,

Yes, allergies are horrible. I suggest that you visit your doctor to see what solution he can find.

However, trees do cleanse the air so that you are breathing less polluted air. Also, they reduce energy bills by as much as 20%.

Sometimes, you have to take the good with the bad. I live on a tree-lined street and my car isn't covered with pollen. It depends on the type of tree that is planted.

The city is now planting a variety of trees. Perhaps, one day you will find a tree that doesn't make you sneeze, and I promise that living near it will make you healthier!
May 07, 2015
Just what we need. Drive up and down the street in Middle Village. Look at each car. They are covered with so much pollen you can't see out the windows to drive.

Between con ed, gas company, breaking up sidewalks its like Brooklyn in the 1950's . Lots of noise and what a mess.

Yes more trees, and more garbage pails for the park so they stop dropping bottles and garbage all over peoples property.

Have a great day.
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FOX. ?? 2015 FOX Broadcasting.