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Proposed FDA Changes In Food Labeling Worry Smaller Food Companies

March 5, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
Nutrition-facts labeling on food items, first required by the FDA in 1993, is about to undergo a major transformation for the first time in years. Big food companies can easily absorb the costs of label changes. Not so for smaller companies. If ingredients aren’t analyzed or listed correctly – a costly, time-consuming job – they risk fines and lawsuits. Big food firms have been quiet so far about the proposals to require calorie counts in larger type and show added sugars. But small companies are agonizing over them. The owner of Tate’s Bake Shop in New York, for example, says new printing plates for labels would cost $100 per product, or $5,000 for the 50 varieties of cookies, bars, brownies and other desserts that come in different sizes, weights and flavors.
Rhonda Colvin and Annie Gasparro, "Nutrition-Label Proposal Stirs Up Small Companies", The Wall Street Journal, March 05, 2014, © Dow Jones & Company, Inc.
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