Food packaging has been used for centuries in transporting foods and keeping them away from contaminants and deteriorating factors. Due to advances in technology, different kinds of materials and designs are used order to provide good barriers, easy to stock products and can withstand for longer shelf life. Food packaging material varies depending on what food to contain and what are the necessary quality it have for assurance of food safety and quality. It is always important that it should pass all the standards required by the law to consider it as Food Grade.
Big Food highlights FDA’s stand on biotech food being no different from traditionally grown ones. However, the Organic Consumers Association and their supporters consider this as a sneaky tactic to increase sales.
Cases of food product mislabelling, adulteration, contamination and fake food have been proliferating in the EU market. For this reason, the consumers should be vigilant when buying food, beverages and supplements. The government agencies should do their own part in making sure that the consumers are protected from these cases of food fraud.
The implementation of the Country Origin Labeling law in November 2013 led to an un-ending debate as to whether the law is indeed beneficial or not. Consumers think it is advantageous. However, most fresh meat importers think it does nothing but harm operational costs and income.
All foods sold in Japan, whether imported or locally manufactured, should follow the country's legislation on food labelling set by four government agencies – Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare; Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries; Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry; and Fair Trade Commission of Japan.
Law makers are not oblivious to this long standing confusion. Several lawmakers already passed bills to unify the food labeling system in the US. The latest proponent of such law is Connecticut’s Senator Richard Blumenthal. According to his proposal, the term “best if used by” will be used by manufacturers and retailers. According to a Walmart survey, the term proves to be the easiest to understand by consumers.