Training
for Regulatory & Marketing Professionals

Confused by a multitude of regulations from numerous government agencies scattered across disparate sources? PLC's unique education services coalesce critical requirements in an easy to follow, structured framework. Whether customized on-site, via webinar, or individualized on Webex, you can hone your labeling skills in a way that makes sense for you. PLC's Certification Program has the core Label Training Curriculums outlined below:

What Our Customers Say

The "Essential Guide to USDA Food Labeling"

Prime Label’s “Essential Guide to USDA Food Labeling” is the best! While many other resources can be difficult to sort through or decipher at times, the Essential Guide does a really great job of summarizing the most important labeling rules and subject matter. Well-organized, user-friendly, and with references back to the CFR, it’s become my go-to guide.
Jill Konecnik
Corporate Manager, Labeling Compliance & Specifications
John Morrell Food Group
Customized  On-Site Training

Tyson Foods wanted to ensure that their entire label development team was on the same page. Twenty six colleagues assembled to hear Prime Label present a customized training. It allowed us to ask questions that were specific to our labels and challenges, and gave us some great strategies to use in label approval. And the certification allowed us to collect continuing education credit as well.
Molly Miller, MS, RD 
Project Leader, Regulatory Services
Tyson Foods, Inc.

Nutrition Label Reform

Significant changes to Nutrition Facts Panels were announced in May 2016. These new regulations will impact your company's brand image, label design, label format and record keeping requirements.  Companies are faced with decisions to simply re-label products or to re-package, reformulate or even remove them from shelves altogether.

Recently, the food industry got a reprieve when the new Administration announced a delay of the compliance date. We support this change as it gives industry more time to learn and plan for the significant impact of the regulation. In our experience working with company transitions thus far, we've seen unanticipated complexities and consequences.

After creating thousands of new nutrition panels last year, Prime Label has distilled its expertise into a seminar on trends and best practices in Nutrition Label Reform transitions. We have also identified unanticipated complexities and errors. Join us to learn critical details so that you can better execute this massive transition.

FDA Labeling Basics

FDA label requirements can be confusing and trends change at a fast pace.  Learn the basics of FDA labeling and keep up with the latest developments.  In addition to stringent content / wording requirements, food labels must also comply with size, color, language, and location rules. Claims are also a moving target with many subtleties in wording and design. Learn the details of preparing and drafting out a regulatory compliant label before sending it to be printed. This course includes detailed instruction for:

  • Required label features
  • Nutrition label formats and requirements.
  • Special statements and claims
  • Product naming - standardized, descriptive and fanciful
  • Special ingredient requirements, including flavors, colors, oils, spices....
  • Requirements for font prominence, feature placement, relative size rules

and much more.....

USDA Labeling Basics

USDA labeling is confusing with many different sources for rules and regulations.  Stakes can be high with generic labels no longer having FSIS's stamp of approval.  Local inspectors are giving added scrutiny to labels and the risk of Noncompliance Records is greater than ever. Learn the fundamentals of USDA labeling. This seminar covers:

  • The details of required and optional label features
  • Essential recordkeeping and Form 7234 to assure rapid appovals and successful audits
  • Product name — standardized, fanciful and descriptive - and product name qualifiers
  • Information panel features: Nutrition Facts, ingredient statement & address line
  • Intricacies of net weight, handling statement, safe handling instructions & inspection legend
  • Generic approvals
  • Restricted ingredients — calculating levels to assure compliance...and much more!

USDA Generic Approval Best Practices

Now that Generic labeling applies to the majority of products, learn how to stay compliant and share lessons learned with your peers. Understand how to satisfy USDA's generic requirements while maximizing performance in the new environment. The seminar will cover:

  • What qualifies as Generic?
  • Complying with all required label features
  • Complexities of product name & qualifier statements
  • Generic claims compliance
  • Choosing the lowest risk approval process
  • Record keeping systems
  • Navigating enforcement & appeals

... and much more!

Label Graphics & Trends

USDA and FDA food label regulations not only have stringent content requirements, many of the features must comply with size, color, language, and location rules. Learn the details of preparing and drafting out a regulatory compliant label before sending it to be printed. This course includes detailed instruction for:

  • Features & claims graphics
  • Several nutrition label formats
  • "Special statements" and claims formatting
  • Graphic requirements for specific products and statements
  • Requirements for font prominence, feature placement, relative size rules
  • .... and much more!

Non-compliance with USDA and FDA graphic requirements can cost you money through reprints and product holds. Understanding the graphic and formatting requirements can help you catch mistakes before your inspector does!

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Nutrition Labeling

This comprehensive course gives participants a thorough understanding of nutrition labeling for food products under federal regulation - the result: nutrition labeling that meets federal requirements, helps consumers, and puts your product in the best light. This seminar covers:

  • Recent changes to the iconic Nutrition Facts Panel
  • Requirements for nutrition labeling & selecting the correct program
  • Methods of nutritional analysis
  • Determination of serving size and servings per container
  • Proper declaration of mandatory and optional nutrients
  • Nutrition Facts Panel formatting
  • Nutrient claims, approvals
  • Other key processes

Please note that purchasing a Nutrition Labeling Manual is mandatory, as the book is referenced throughout the curriculum.

Claims Modules

With the explosion of product claims and the trends toward clean labeling, publishing compliant, competitive claims can be challenging. Learn the latest on what the USDA & FDA allow & what enforcement actions they are taking. This seminar is appropriate for marketing, labeling & legal staff and will cover:

  • Nutrient & health claims, requirements & common pitfalls
  • Organic, animal production & grading claims
  • Allergens, natural & ingredient claims
  • Product naming trends & processing claims
  • Romance copy, vignettes & website best practices

and much more...

Individualized Instruction

Would you or a colleague benefit from intensive, personalized instruction in the latest in labeling -- of course! We offer one-on-one training by our labeling experts tailored to your needs. Remove the ambiguity of federal regulation, and let us do the hard work for you!

"Tyson Foods wanted to ensure that their entire label development team was on the same page. Twenty six colleagues assembled to hear Prime Label present a customized training. It allowed us to ask questions that were specific to our labels and challenges, and gave us some great strategies to use in label approval. And the certification allowed us to collect continuing education credit as well."
Molly Miller, MS, RD 
Project Leader, Regulatory Services
Tyson Foods, Inc.


On-Site Training

With PLC's on-site training, we bring our experts straight to your facility and your staff. This comprehensive, personalized instruction:

  • Provides a flexible, customizable curriculum adjusted to your products & experience levels
  • Is available in one to three-day programs, to optimize our ability to meet your needs
  • Maximizes your staff's access to our experts—let them get the answers they need, all in one place!
  • Offers strategic recommendations for your company's labeling practices and procedures


One-on-One Instruction via WebEx

Get all of the benefits of personalized labeling training—without leaving the comfort of your desk. Our one-on-one online instruction:

  • Offers interactive demonstrations that toggle between your product labels and their associated rules in PLC's regulation libraries
  • Gives your staff the freedom to access our expert training from where ever they are in the world (internet connection required!)
  • Provides the the ultimate one-on-one training experience tailored to your products—with step-by-step instruction using accessible screen sharing technology


With PLC's Certification Program, your company will reap the benefits of reduced labeling errors and be better prepared for label auditing. Give your labeling staff the confidence, productivity, and flexibility they need—contact us today!

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Manuals

If you’re involved in any aspect of food labeling, you know how hard it can be to make sense of CFR requirements—and more than ever, processors are becoming increasingly responsible for the accuracy of their labels. The good news is, we're here to help! Put the wealth of PLC's labeling expertise at your fingertips with our labeling manuals—designed in cooperation with former government labeling officials to give you the  ultimate labeling resource you won't find anywhere else. 


Nutrition Labeling
for FDA & USDA Regulated Foods

This manual is designed as a self-study guide to the complicated calculations of nutritional labeling. And as a convenient desk reference, this manual is designed for your constant use. This exceptional, 300-page volume:

  • Covers every food under federal regulation—from (chicken) soup to (cashew) nuts
  • Is organized in an easy to read, step-by-step format, in language you’ll understand
  • Covers every aspect of required nutrition labeling
  • Includes nuances and topics you won’t find anywhere else
  • Tips and tools to help save you time and avoid costly errors
  • Straightens out the ambiguities in CFR / and more!
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The Essential Guide to USDA Labeling
for Meat and Poultry Foods

Whether used as a handy reference or a critical training tool, Essential Guide is an indispensable resource for all your USDA labeling questions. Now updated and expanded to reflect important changes in federal regulations, this 230-page manual includes:

  • Up-to-date information on regulatory jurisdictions, required label features, processing requirements, and more
  • The changing roles of USDA/FSIS and processors in label approval
  • Standards of identity, product name qualifiers and restricted ingredients
  • Label approval records best practices—to keep your local inspector off your back!
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Give your labeling staff the strong foundation they need, in a language and format that’s easy to understand. Order yours today!

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