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The two new laws and regulations on food labels exported to the United States should attract the attention of China's food export enterprises. Since January2006, the United States has required food labels to indicate allergens and trans fat content. According to the general situation of food labels exported to the United States in Ningbo, the two new laws and regulations that no longer produce metallurgical coke have not attracted the attention of relevant food export enterprises. In order to ensure that the labels of food exported to the United States meet the requirements of American regulations, the basic information of the two new regulations is introduced as follows:

I Food allergen labeling requirements

the United States has implemented the 2004 food allergen labeling and consumer protection regulations (hereinafter referred to as the regulations) since January 1, 2006. According to the survey, 2% of adults and 5% of infants in the United States are troubled by food allergies. At the same time, about 30000 consumers are sent to the emergency room every year, of which about 150 die due to food allergies. At present, it has been confirmed that more than 160 kinds of food may cause food allergy in people with allergic constitution. The cases caused by the following eight categories of food allergens account for more than 90% of the food allergy cases recorded in the United States: milk, eggs, fish (such as bass, sole or COD), shellfish (crab, lobster or shrimp), nuts (such as almonds, pecans or walnuts), wheat, peanuts and soybeans. Among them, peanuts, wheat and soybeans may cause allergies even if they are in small amounts. When modeling, it is necessary to meet the conditions of arbitrary design, lasting effect or even fatal. For this reason, the United States has issued the regulation. The main contents of the regulation are:

1. After January 1, 2006, all packaged foods (including domestic and imported) specified in the federal food, drug and cosmetic regulations sold in the United States must comply with the relevant food allergen labeling requirements in the regulation, excluding meat products, poultry products and egg products under the jurisdiction of bsi676l 2 of the United States Department of agriculture. Specific food names must be marked for fish, shellfish and nuts. Food allergens shall be marked after or near the ingredient list, with the same size as the ingredient list; Or use brackets to mark the relevant food allergens in the ingredient list. Exceptions

2. Primary agricultural products (such as fresh vegetables and fruits in natural state) are not subject to the regulations

3. In case of violation of the requirements of the regulations, the company and its managers will be subject to civil sanctions, criminal penalties, or both. Products that do not meet the requirements will be detained. For products containing undeclared allergens, relevant US departments may require product recall

4. The food manufacturer or packer must identify the allergen in one of the following two ways in the food packaging label containing the main food allergen: the first way is that when the name of the food source containing the main allergen does not appear in the list of nutrients, the food source must be marked with brackets after the name of the food allergen. For example, nutrients: fortified flour (wheat flour, malt, nicotinic acid, reduced iron, thiamin nitrate, riboflavin and folic acid), sugar, partially hydrogenated soybean oil or cottonseed oil, high fructose corn syrup, yeast (milk), eggs, essence, natural or artificial condiments, starter (sodium pyrophosphate and anhydrous calcium dihydrogen phosphate), yolk (soybean) and monoglyceride and diglyceride (emulsifier). The second method is to follow the name of the food source of the food allergen immediately after the list of nutrients, and the font must not be smaller than the font used for the nutrients

II. Labeling requirements for trans fatty acids

from January, 2006, the nutrition label requires to increase the content of trans fats in order to provide information to help consumers maintain healthy dietary behavior

trans fat can increase the content of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) in human body, which is commonly known as "bad cholesterol", and the accumulation of LDL will cause arterial obstruction in human body, which is considered to be the main cause of heart disease and stroke. According to the regulations, all traditional foods and dietary supplements in the U.S. market are separately labeled with trans fatty acids under the saturated fatty acid description line in the nutrition label

the U.S. market has consistent requirements for its domestic or imported food. Therefore, when exporting cooked food or prepackaged food to the United States, China's food manufacturers must comply with these American food labeling regulations to avoid unnecessary trouble caused by unclear labeling

reprinted from: China Packaging News

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