Prime Label's Monthly e-Newsletter
September 2013
Dear Colleague,

Welcome to September's Label Alert. This month's newsletter features big Labor Day Savings: 10% off of Prime Label Consultants' Basic Course in Standards & Labeling of Meat and Poultry Products. We hope you have a terrific September, sit back and enjoy the cooling temperatures with Label Alert!
in this month's headlines ...
FDA Defines "Gluten-Free"
 The FDA has issued a final rule defining gluten-free for voluntary food and beverage labeling. In order to use the term on its label, a food must meet all of the requirements of the definition, including that the food must contain less than 20 parts per million of gluten ...
What Should the Criteria be for Whole Grain Labeling Statements?
In 2006, the FDA issued draft guidance   designed to ensure food manufacturers were all singing from the same hymn sheet when making whole grain labeling statements. Seven years later, we are still waiting for the finalized guidance, and comments to the FDA docket show that key stakeholders are not on the same page.
Groups Petition Court for Permission to Defend COOL
   Four groups representing farmers, ranchers, rural communities and consumers filed court papers on Aug. 23 asking permission to defend mandatory country of origin labeling (COOL) from a lawsuit filed by the meat industry.
Schools Promoting Healthier Foods, CDC Finds
An increasing number of school districts are promoting nutritious foods and cutting out the junk, according to a comprehensive study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
FSIS Makes Changes to Salmonella Verification Program
FSIS published a request for comments regarding changes to its procedures for the Salmonella verification sampling program of raw beef products. FSIS will begin analyzing all raw beef samples for Salmonella that it collects for Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) analysis .... 

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