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Nutrition labeling plan draws response from NFI.

Nutrition Labeling Plan Draws Response From NFI

The National Fisheries Institute (NFI), a trade association for the USA commercial fish and seafood industry, has responded to the Food & Drug Administration's (FDA) bid to establish guidelines for labeling raw fish products at retail stores.

"Although the nutrition labeling proposal itself is constructive in most areas, potential inconsistencies could make a simple shopping trip a good practice run for tackling IRS form 1040," said Lee J. Weddig, executive vice president of the NFI. Current labeling plans by both the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the FDA could present the consumer with three or four different formats of nutrition data in side-by-side offerings of fish, meat and poultry. "Unless resolved, an electronic calculator or degree in math would be required for most consumers to make comparisons."

Weddig reported that the industry's biggest concern is that requirements being developed by the USDA for raw meat and poultry products will not be identical when it comes to describing serving sizes or specifying nutrients. "Preliminary USDA notices indicated a different approach which could generate distorted comparisons," he said.

The USDA notice suggests specification of nutrients on a per ounce basis while FDA's calls for data per serving. In addition, the FDA proposal itself contains an inconsistency in that data would be presented for product in cooked form if the fish is packed by the retailer and in raw form if packed by a processor. "Where and whether a food is packaged should not be the criteria," Weddig commented.
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Date:Oct 1, 1991
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