The 35th Annual
FOOD LABEL CONFERENCE
June 4 - 7, 2023

We are excited to be celebrating Prime Label’s 50th anniversary at this year's Food Label Conference, and grateful that we can do it in person, during the beauty of springtime in Washington D.C.

Despite COVID, Congress, the USDA, and the FDA have kept busy drafting new legislation and introducing new rules and guidelines. From Sesame to Standards to Bioengineering to Nutrition to Generic to Country of Origin labeling, much has changed in the past year. At the same time, consumer scrutiny of undefined claims is at its height, with demand letters and litigation being filed over an increasing number of label claims.

Come hear from government regulators, lawyers and industry experts as they attempt to make sense of this dynamic time. Learn about the latest trends and best practices, and network with your peers across the food industry supply chain. General sessions will cover regulatory changes, breakouts will offer a forum to dive into practical solutions, seminars will deliver in-depth training, and the Continuing Conference will provide updates throughout the year.

You can't afford to miss this two-day conference as it brings together everything you need to know about food labeling!

BENEFITS
  • USDA and industry experts' take on government intent, regulation policies and enforcement
  • In-depth, hands-on, interactive breakout sessions on a wide variety of specialized topics
  • Valuable networking opportunities with regulators, experts, private label brands and peers
  • Virtual 'Continuing Conference' sessions to keep you updated on the latest throughout the year
  • Optional training on USDA & FDA labeling, claims, international labeling and more
  • Sightseeing and other entertainment in optional evening programs, located in the heart of DC
  • Renew old friendships and make new ones!

What Our Attendees Say

I can’t recommend coming to this conference enough - whether you’re early in your career, mid-career, or late career, because there’s always something new to learn . . .  USDA employees and Prime Label employees can get back to you, and that’s fantastic.
Karen Creswick
Compliance & Labeling Specialist - JMH International
Prime Label is the one source of truth, so I think it’s really important to attend a conference like PLC’s.
Marriott Winchester
Principal - MWW Advisors
It’s not only informative [for] the annual updates, ... the value add that information provides, and the solice you get from speaking directly with the USDA or FDA, ... but it’s really the comradery and the relationships you establish with all the other people that have like questions ... you gain the understanding that everyone is suffering from the same uncertainty and you know that you can actually reach out to not only FSIS but your fellow friends that have the same issues.
Seth Dodds
Regulatory Specialist - Plumrose
I am really excited to be here and to be able to geek out on regulatory.
Elaine Chao
Regulatory Affairs Technologist - Kagome
This conference provides General Sessions with expertise from both Regulators and the Food Industry. In addition, individually tailored small sessions on various issues are explored in detail. The conference has always been a valuable tool for training staff and for interactions with other industry members.
Lamar Hendricks
Director of Regulatory Compliance and Food Safety - Sara Lee Corporation (Retired)
This conference is excellent for networking ...[and] keeping up on the administrative rulings that are coming out, as well as final rules and proposed rules.
Justin Crews
Regulatory and Compliance Manager - Wellshire Farms
I decided to attend the Prime Label Conference this year for the first time because ... I really wanted to get an insight in how companies are thinking through some of the trending regulatory issues facing the food industry today. It is giving me some ideas about how I am going to work with my clients going forward.
Brain P. Sylvester
Covington & Burling LLP

ATTENDEE TITLES

REPRESENTATIVE COMPANIES

Food Safety Manager  
Registered Dietitian
Manager of Regulatory Affairs
Director - Quality and Food Safety
Specification & Compliance Manager
Senior Counsel
Research and Development
Director Marketing/New Products
Food Scientist
CEO/ President
QA Supervisor
HACCP and Labeling Coordinator  
Labeling Specialist
Technical Services Manager   
Regulatory & Documentation Specialist
Marketing Manager    
Packaging and Compliance Specialist  
Document  Management Specialist
Director - Technical Services    
Plant Operations Manager    
Director of Food Labeling
Director of Food Safety and  Quality
Staff Attorney    
Managing Partner
Director - Foods and  Supplements    
Sr. VP Business Development &  Finance
Product Development Manager
Scientific & Regulatory Affairs Director
Nutrition & Regulatory Specialist

Senior Director - Nutrition

Ahold Delhaize
Albertsons/Safeway
Alston & Bird LLP
Amazon.com     
Ambassador Meat
American Soy Prod.
Amin Talati Wasser.
Applegate
At Last Gourmet
Aunt Millie's Bakeries
Bar-S Foods a Sigma
Bell & Evans
Bellisio Foods 
Bonduelle Fresh
Brakebush Brothers
Burke Corporation 
Campbell Soup
Cargill 
Chelten house
CJ Foods
CK Development Serv.
Clemens Food group
Columbus Craft meats
Cooper Farms 
Covington & Burling
CTI Foods
Custom Culinary 
Custom Made Meals
Direct Plus Deli Group
Don Lee Farms 
Eddy Foods
Fannie May
FTC
Flagstone Foods
FONA International
FSIS/ USDA
FoodMinds

FoodNavigator-USA
Foodspace Tech.
FoodTrition Solutions
Fresh Mark, Inc.
Gamay Food Ing.
General Mills 
Gerber Poultry
Godshall's Meats
Great Lakes Cheese
Greenleaf Foods
Griffith Foods
H-E-B
Harry and David
Home Market Foods
Hy-Vee Fresh Comm.
IHS Markit
Illes Seasonings
Indiana Packers Corp.
Iowa Meat & Poultry Inspection Bureau
John Soules Foods
Johnsonville
JPG Resources
JSL Foods, Inc.
JTM Food Group
Kellogg Company 
Kerry
Keuirg/Dr. Pepper
Kiolbassa Provision
Kraft Heinz 
Krogers 
Label Compliance Sol.
Pilgrim's Pride Co.
Pillers Fine Foods
Plenus Group, Inc.
Pulmuone USA
Label Insight

Publix Super Markets
Lamb Weston
Litehouse Inc.
LKK (USA) Foods
Lopez Foods, Inc.
LPDS/ USDA
Lyons Magnus
Maple Leaf Farms 
McCain Foods
McDonald's
Medifast
Meijer
Michael Foods
Mistica Foods LLC
Monogram Foods
Morinaga America
Nardone Bros Baking
Nation Pizza & Foods
NOP / USDA
Nestle 
New Seasons Market
Newly Weds Foods 
NAMI 
NSF International
Oberto Brands 
Orca Bay Foods
OSI Group, LLC
Pacific Inter. Marketing
Palermo's Pizza
Patterson TMP
Peapod Digital Labs
Peco Foods, Inc.
Pederson's Natural
Rembrandt Foods
Renaissance Food Grp
Request Foods, Inc.
Riba Foods

Reser's Fine Foods 
Rich Chicks
Richelieu Foods, Inc.
Russ Davis Wholesale
Sanderson Farms 
Saratoga Food
Sargento Foods 
Seaboard Foods 
Sigma Foods
Simmons Prep. Food
SK Food Group
Smithfield
Sovos Brands
Specialty Foods Group
Starbucks Coffee
Sun-Maid
Sweet Candy Co.
Swift Prepared Foods
Sysco
Tall Tree Foods
Target 
Taylor Farms 
TechLink International
TH Foods
Classic Jerky Co.
The Original Cakerie
The Suter Company 
Trader Joe's
TreeHouse Foods
US Foods
Vanee Foods
Walgreens
Walmart
Wayne Farms 
WG Provisions
World Variety Produce
Whole Foods Market 

AGENDA

Agenda

Add-On Training
Sunday April 24

8:00 am - 9:00 am

9:00 am - 4:00 pm

9:00 am - 4:00 pm
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Main Conference Day 1
Monday April 25

8:00 am - 9:00 am

9:00 am – 9:45 am
 
9:45 am - 10:30 am
10:45 am – 11:30 am 
11:30 am - 12:15 pm
Lunch
1:30 pm - 2:15 pm 
2:30 pm - 3:20 pm 
3:30 pm - 4:20 pm 

4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Main Conference Day 2
Tuesday April 26

7:30 am - 8:30 am

9:00 am – 10:00 am
10:00 am – 11:00 am
 
11:20 am- 12:10 pm
Lunch
1:30 pm - 2:20 pm 
2:30 pm - 3:20 pm 

Add-On Training
Wednesday April 27

8:00 am - 11:00 am
8:00 am - 3:00 pm
 
8:00 am - 3:00 pm
8:00 am - 3:00 pm

Continuing Conference*

June 29, 2022
November 2, 2022
January 25, 2023

Environmental Marketing and Sustainability Claims
Ingredient Trends
Year in Review: Litigation and Lessons Learned


* sessions subject to change
** optional; additional fees apply

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Tracks

Nutrition

FDA

USDA

Marketing

Expert

This year we have 5 tracks to help guide your conference and training experience. If you are new to Regulatory, choose between FDA or USDA tracks. Dietitians and nutrition specialists will find our Nutrition track appropriate, while Product Marketing managers and Graphics Design professionals will want to sign up for the Marketing track. Our final track - for Experts - is designed to be a la carte for maximum customization. Reference our downloadable Track Guide below to help determine your Breakout and Add-on Seminar selections. Attendees can also sign up for all 4 days, which will save a significant $400 off the regular price. 

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General Sessions

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The Food Label Conference brings together government policy makers and industry experts in a collaborative exchange of trends, ideas and best practices.  Our 7 general sessions will take place over 2 half-day, live sessions on April 25 -26, 2022. These sessions will highlight current and former government officials giving insight into government priorities and enforcement actions for the upcoming year.

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Food Labeling Modernization Act of 2021

Christian Lovell, Office of Rep. Rosa L. DeLauro (CT-03)
Eva Greenthal, Center for Science in the Public Interest
Katy Enright, Mars-Wrigley
FLMA, now under review with the US House of Representatives, would require FDA to mandate Front of Pack nutrition labeling; define natural, healthy, and other claims; update Standards of Identity and allergens, and require manufacturers to submit all product information to a new public database. Hear why this is important, how consumers will benefit, and what to expect from this important new bill.

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FDA Nutrition Innovation Strategy & Sodium Reduction Goals

Allie Graham, Food Directions, LLC
In October of 2021 FDA issued Final Guidance for industry on Voluntary Sodium Reduction Goals. This session will provide critical context to fully understanding this FDA initiative, determining what it means to your business, and gaining perspective on the future approach as FDA monitors and evaluates sodium reduction progress and continues to engage with stakeholders.

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The FASTER ACT - Mandatory Sesame Allergen Labeling

April Kates, EAS Consulting Group, LLC
Under the FASTER Act, signed into law in April of 2021, sesame is being added to FALCPA as the 9th major food allergen. The new law is effective January 1, 2023. Learn the new labeling requirements for sesame and sesame ingredients, discuss the implementation timeline, and cover best practices for your business as labeling of sesame is adopted.

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Sustainability Trends in Food

Sean B. Cash, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University
Consumer interest in sustainability continues to grow and shape the marketplace for food. Sean Cash, the Bergstrom Foundation Professor and a food economist at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University, will discuss the evolving trends in environmental and social sustainability, how companies are communicating these with consumers and how these developments interact with the interests of investors, governments, and industry.

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Legal Perspective: Updates and Predictions for the Next Year

Robert Hibbert, Wiley Rein LLP
Tony Pavel, Perfect Day Foods

Two leading DC legal minds share their perspective on expected regulatory changes, emerging trends and risks, food standard controversies, and marketplace trends and technologies.

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USDA Policy: NFP Reform, Generic Approval, COOL & Other Emerging Issues

Jeff Canavan, Labeling and Program Delivery Staff, FSIS, USDA
With significant updates in FSIS policy to generic approval and nutrition label reform, this session will cover recent regulatory changes and share insight on what to expect in the year ahead. Dialog with the Labeling Policy and Delivery Staff for guidance on your most challenging labeling issues.

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FSIS Local Inspectors: Labeling Oversight and New Non-Compliance Trends

Melissa Moore, Office of Field Operations, FSIS, USDA
The Office of Field Operations is responsible for guiding the activity and priorities of USDA local inspectors around the country. Learn more about inspectors role in reviewing labeling and labeling records, and non-compliance trends from the field.

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Breakout Sessions

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Best Practices for Claim Substantiation

Brian Sylvester, Covington & Burling LLP
Tracks: FDA, Marketing, Expert
 
Deciding how to validate, document, and substantiate product claims is critical to ensuring that labels are truthful and not misleading to consumers. This session will address a variety of claims through a framework considering substantiation while covering best practices and legal considerations for determining whether a claim is appropriate.

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Bioengineered Disclosure: Update & Enforcement

John Herlihy, USDA AMS Food Disclosure and Labeling Division
Tracks: FDA, USDA, Expert

For the first time in the US, industry must now disclose the bioengineered (BE) status of foods and ingredients on packages as of January 1 of this year. This session will cover any updates and nuances to the specifics of the new rule, the options for disclosing BE status and plans for USDA enforcement.

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Canadian Labeling

Erin Taraborrelli, NSF International
Tracks: Expert
 
Understand new Canadian nutrition and ingredient labeling regulations and learn how they differ from labeling in the US, including the new Nutrition Facts Table format, ingredient list changes, and allergen declarations. Discuss the subtleties of formulating products for Canada and some of the special issues that apply. Understand what resources are available to you to ensure your Canadian labels are compliant.

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Child Nutrition (School Lunch) Labeling Overview

Trish Tung-Tayman, USDA Child Nutrition (CN) Labeling Program Office (USDA-AMS, SCCP, SCID, CSB)
Tracks: Nutrition, FDA, USDA, Expert
 
Discover the ins and outs of Child Nutrition labeling from the administrators themselves. Explore how CN labeling works and its advantages. Learn about the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) quality control program and the CN label application process. Find out where to obtain information and discuss some frequently asked questions.

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FDA Product Trends

Jesse Zuehlke, Prime Label Consultants
Tracks: FDA, Marketing, Expert
 
Explore regulatory considerations of novel and emerging categories, through discussion of product examples. By examining product labels, this breakout will highlight how claims, product names, and other marketing can be structured in a way that is truthful and not misleading to consumers. Topics will include meat alternatives, sugar and diet claims, substitutes for items with standards of identity, and more.

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Legal Risks: Demand Letters and Litigation Trends

Ivan Wasserman, Amin Talati Wasserman, LLP
Tracks: FDA, Marketing, Expert
 
Plaintiff litigation and demand letters are becoming one of the primary risks to consider in developing product marketing strategies. Learn how to navigate the shark tank with this discussion of the current litigation landscape, how to best protect your company, and what to do if when your product becomes a target.

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Mandatory COOL Regulation

Shelby Guillen, USDA-AMS Food Disclosure and Labeling Division (FDLD)
Tracks: FDA, USDA, Marketing, Expert
 
Country of Origin Labeling is managed by the Food Disclosure and Labeling Division of AMS USDA, and required for retail labeling of a range of raw agricultural commodities. Learn how to determine if your products are covered and the labeling requirements, along with common FAQs to help fully implement your labeling strategy.

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Natural Labeling Complexities

Eve Pelonis, Keller and Heckman LLP
Tracks: Marketing, FDA, Expert
 
Understand the ins and outs of Natural labeling. Explore the differences between FDA and USDA definitions of “Natural”. Discuss the impact on retail, restaurants and customer perception, and explore the pros and cons of this contentious claim.

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NFP Calculations: Serving Sizes, DVs & Rounding Nuances

Fred Mosher & Michelle Lee, Prime Label Consultants
Tracks: Nutrition, FDA, USDA, Expert
 
Explore the integrity of the Nutrition Panel by understanding the differences between calculated and analytical methods of producing nutrient data. Discuss the various sources of nutrient data and how to apply them to determine serving size and daily values. Understand the nuances of FDA rounding rules. Includes a brief introduction to Prime Label’s EZ FormⓇ food labeling software.

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Nutrition Facts Panel Optimization

Christina Bechtold, Prime Label Consultants
Tracks: Nutrition, FDA, Marketing, Expert
 
Nutrition Label Reform has upended two decades of NFP/packaged product optimization and revealed new labeling challenges with serving size changes and the new mandatory dual column requirement. Food companies are surveying the landscape and scrambling to re-adjust their nutrition labeling vis-a-vis their competition and their target markets. This case study driven session will illustrate how nutrition labeling has been evolving to mitigate negative impact.

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Organic Labeling Update

Erin Healy, USDA AMS National Organic Program
Tracks: FDA, USDA, Marketing, Expert
 
Come learn about what’s new with the USDA organic standards, and what the USDA does to both build the organic market and to protect the integrity of the USDA organic seal.

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Q&A on FDA Compliance

Jesse Zuehlke, Prime Label Consultants
Tracks: Nutrition, FDA

Find out the answers to those nagging questions about your FDA labels. From product naming to claims and allergens, bring your specific questions to be answered by a PLC Consultant.

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Q&A on USDA Compliance

Jesse Waller, Cargill Meat Solutions & Celia Yau, Prime Label Consultants
Tracks: Nutrition, USDA

Explore the ins and outs of USDA labeling - such as product names and qualifiers; undefined RACC and nutrient claims; negative, uncured, organic and natural claims. Bring your specific questions on the subtleties of labeling to our industry and PLC experts.

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Structure Function Claims

Mason Weeda, OFW Law
Tracks: Nutrition, Marketing, FDA, Expert
 
Structure/Function claims are essential to conveying health related benefits of different foods and ingredients to consumers. However, limited regulatory guidance and definitions mean these types of claims require comprehensive scientific support. Learn common mistakes with these types of claims, understand considerations for preparing scientific evidence, and discuss potential litigation risks in this important session.

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Third Party Certifications & Claims

Chandni Sen Sinha, Albertsons Companies|Own Brands
Tracks: Marketing, FDA, USDA, Expert
 
Consumers are wanting to trust the products that they purchase and so independent validation, in the form of third party certification, is a growing trend in the market. Learn about how third party certification programs work, what consumers are looking for, some of the claims that can be certified, and what common certification criteria looks like.

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USDA Animal Production, Raising & Grading Claims

Amaru Sanchez, Wiley Rein LLP
Tracks: Marketing, USDA, Expert
 
Discuss the complexity of Animal Production and Breed Raising claims such as Cage-Free Poultry, Free-Range, No Added Hormones or Antibiotics, Humanely Raised, Certified Angus and others. Find out the latest in USDA grading claims.

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USDA Generic Approval

Emily Hendricks, Prime Label Consultants
Tracks: USDA, Expert

Find out the latest enforcement priorities, requirements and best practices for the expanded generic rule. Explore generic eligibility and compliance, and discuss enforcement subtleties with FSIS. Understand what you need to do to keep thorough records and discuss strategies to reduce risk.

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USDA Product Trends

Jesse Waller, Cargill Meat Solutions
Tracks: USDA, Marketing

Dive into the latest product name and claims trends in USDA labeling. Presented in a case study format, this session will facilitate discussion of trends, marketing innovations, and gray areas to be aware of.

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Continuing Conference*


Keeping the best of our last two years' virtual conferences, we will have 'Continuing Conference' sessions to keep you updated on the latest quarterly (June, November, January) throughout the year. Topics are preliminary and may change as new regulatory actions or litigation trends evolve.

June 29, 2022
November 2, 2022
January 25, 2023

Environmental Marketing and Sustainability Claims
Ingredient Trends
Year in Review: Litigation and Lessons Learned


* sessions subject to change

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Networking Events

Sunday April 24

5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Monday April 25

Tuesday April 26


* additional cost

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Walking Tour of Washington DC *

Sunday April 24, 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Witness Washington's magnificent landmarks in beautiful Springtime. You’ll get up close to a selection of the city’s famous memorials located on the National Mall. There’s something for everyone–neoclassical architecture, modern sculpture, haunting remembrances of war, and historical insights. Along the way, your guide sets the scene for the Federal City’s original plans to memorialize its national heroes and how they’ve evolved with time. The tour includes about 2 hours of walking with a Washington Walks guide. Tickets are limited.

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50th Anniversary Cocktail Networking Celebration

Monday April 25, 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Join our team for a celebratory cocktail hour as we commemorate Prime Label Consultants' 50th anniversary. Network with conference attendees and the labeling and regulatory teams of PLC's private label retail partners during a complimentary cocktail reception. Join up into small groups afterwards and continue your conversations over dinner.

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Kennedy Center's "Shear Madness" *

Monday April 25, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
See Shear Madness, the second longest-running play in the history of American Theater, at the renown Kennedy Center. Shear Madness is an interactive comedy by Paul Pörtner. Set in present-day Georgetown, this comedy engages locals and visitors alike as armchair detectives to help solve the scissor-stabbing murder of a famed concert pianist who lives above the Shear Madness unisex hairstyling salon. Arrive early to tour the beautiful Hall of Nations or Hall of States or to dine at the Roof Terrace Restaurant. Tickets are limited. View the Kennedy Center's vaccination and mask policy HERE.

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Hot Breakfast Session: Introducing PLC's Label-IQ

Tuesday April 26, 7:30 am - 8:30 am
Join the Prime Label team as we host a hot breakfast for those who want to learn more about our revolutionary software-enabled regulatory review service, Label-IQ. Label IQ is a technology-enabled service developed to improve the speed and accuracy of label compliance. Leveraging decades of software development, ingredient and nutrition expertise, Label IQ automates time consuming review tasks. Limited Seating Available.

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Invited Speakers & Moderators*

Office of Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, CT

Office of Congresswoman Alma Adams, NC

Office of Congresswoman Grace Meng, NY

Trish Tung-Tayman, USDA-AMS, Child Nutrition Division

Erin Healy, NOP Division Director, NOP, USDA-AMS

Rosalyn Murphy-Jenkins, Director of LPDS, USDA-FSIS

Jeff Canavan, Deputy Director of LPDS, USDA-FSIS

Tammie Ballard, USDA-FSIS 

Melinda Mallon, USDA-FSIS

Tawana Harrington, USDA-FSIS

Janice Fabina, USDA-FSIS

Kierra Lucas, USDA-FSIS

Cindy Watkins, USDA-FSIS

Hannah Filloon, USDA-FSIS

Sally Jones, USDA-FSIS

Beth McKew, USDA-FSIS

Paul Wolseley, USDA-FSIS

James Chisholm, IEPDS, USDA-FSIS

Robert Hibbert, Wiley Rein LLP

Tony Pavel, Perfect Day Foods

Kantha Shelke, PhD, Corvus Blue LLC

Brian P. Sylvester, Covington & Burling LLP

Patricia Phillips, Phillips Resources
Lisa Cummins, FONA International Inc.

Phil Daniel, TechLinkUSA

Joe Baumert, Director of F.A.R.E

Evangelia Pelonis, Keller and Heckman LLP

Sarah Levy, FoodMinds

Mason Weeda, OFW Law

Erin Taraborrelli, NSF International

Michelle Anstey, NSF International

Christina Bechtold, Prime Label Consultants

Jesse Zuehlke, PhD, Prime Label Consultants

Fred Mosher, Prime Label Consultants

Lisa Weller Ashton, Prime Label Consultants

Emily Hendricks, Prime Label Consultants

Celia Yau, Prime Label Consultants

* Preliminary list of speakers & moderators - typically we have over 40 professionals from government and industry presenting topics at the Food Label Conference.

Private Label Partnership Program (PLPP)


PLC’s Private Label Partnership Program was created to maximize opportunities for Brand Owners to connect face-to-face with Private Label Suppliers at the annual Food Label Conference, the leading event for labeling and compliance professionals. We are excited to welcome a number of Brand Owners at this year's event. Stay tuned....

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ADD-ON TRAINING *

USDA Labeling Basics

Sunday April 24th / 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tracks: USDA 
Instructors: Taylor Hart, Emily Hendricks & Celia Yau, Prime Label Consultants

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

  • Details of required and optional label features
  • How to obtain the appropriate type of approval - sketch, generic, or temporary
  • Essential record keeping ​practices and completing the 7234​-1​ ​form ​to assure rapid approvals and successful ​label ​audits
  • Picking a product name - standardized, common or usual, descriptive, and fanciful​ - and ​required ​product name qualifiers
  • Intricacies of ingredient statement, net weight, handling statement, safe handling instructions, address line, and inspection legend
  • Introduction to nutrition labeling and the current regulatory status for USDA

...and much more!

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Labeling and Marketing Claims

Sunday April 24th / 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tracks: FDA, USDA, Marketing, Expert 
Instructor: Jesse Zuehlke, PhD, Prime Label Consultants 

Ensuring compliance and substantiation of new product claims is challenging. Learn best practices from Prime Label’s visibility into emerging market trends, including ingredient claims, clean labeling, animal production claims, certifications, functional foods, and more. Participants will leave with an understanding of a variety of FDA and USDA regulated claims, and how they might apply to their own products. Our seminar covers:

  • Enforcement and risk mitigation framework
  • Nutrient, health, structure/function, diet, and immunity claims
  • Natural, “clean label,” ingredient, and allergen claims
  • Bioengineered, organic, and non-GMO statements
  • Animal raising and grading claims, and third party certifications
  • Plant-based, vegan, and blended meat/vegetable products
  • Sustainability, transparency, geographic, and environmental claims
  • Considerations for novel products such as functional foods, CBD items, and innovative snacks

...and much more!

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Mexico Labeling

Sunday April 24th / 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Tracks: Expert 
Instructor: Phil Daniel, TechLink International

Mexico has recently updated their food labeling requirements and all food labels need to compliant with the latest requirements by 2021. We will discuss this substantial change where every food item will need to be updated to meet the new standard.  This seminar covers:

  • Differences between current labeling requirements and new labeling requirements
  • New front labeling requirements
  • New product description requirements
  • Nutritional panel guidance
  • Labeling requirements for individual units

...and much more!

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Label Graphics: from NFPs to Names to Claims, and more

Sunday April 24th / 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Tracks: Marketing
Instructors: Brian DiCrescenzo, Topco Associates & Katy Enright, Mars-Wrigley

FDA and USDA food label regulations have stringent content requirements and must comply with size, color, language, and location rules. In addition, the new nutrition facts panel is 5% to 100% larger than existing formats, which creates challenges fitting all label features on a package. In this seminar, learn tips and tricks for graphic design of food labels in the United States:

  • FDA & USDA mandatory label formatting requirements
  • Requirements for font prominence, feature placement, and relative size rules
  • New NFP Graphics - type style and size, use of boldface, lines and bars, arrangement of Information, column headings, footnote, alignment and indentations
  • Claims formatting

...and much more!

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FDA Labeling Basics

Wednesday April 27th / 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Tracks: FDA
Instructor: Jesse Zuehlke, PhD, Prime Label Consultants 

FDA label requirements can be confusing, and trends change at a fast pace. In addition to stringent content and 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 basics of FDA labeling rules and keep up with the latest developments. Our content covers:

  • Required label features and formatting
  • Product naming - standardized, descriptive, fanciful, and required flavor qualifiers
  • Intricacies of ingredient statement, net weight, address line, and allergen declaration
  • Introduction to nutrition labeling and the nutrition facts panel
  • Specific ingredient requirements, including flavors, colors, oils, and spices
  • Insight into a variety of special statements and claims
  • Requirements for font prominence, feature placement, and relative size rules

...and much more!

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School Lunch (CN) Labeling

Wednesday April 27th / 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Tracks: Nutrition, FDA, USDA, Expert 
Instructor: Patricia Phillips, Phillips Resources 

This is the essential primer to understanding how products qualify (or credit) for school lunch program regulations. Learn the what, how and why of  CN Labeling and Product Formulation Statements in this full day seminar.  Optional confidential review of your QC Plan. This training is relevant for new employees responsible for CN labeling, or for a company just exploring the school lunch market.

  • Deconstructing School Lunch complexity
  • Writing, revising & monitoring the required quality control program
  • Obtaining a CN number
  • Applying for & streamlining your CN label approvals
  • What is required on the CN label and 7234 form
  • Understanding the “transitional” regulations for sodium and whole grains and its impact on manufacturers.
  • Documentation requirements for purchased ingredients
  • Calculating the CN (meat, vegetable & bread) label credit
  • Updates on unpublished changes in policy

...and much more!

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USDA Generic Labeling

Wednesday April 27th / 8:00 am - 11:00 am
Tracks: USDA
Instructors: Emily Hendricks, Prime Label Consultants

USDA label approval procedures continue to evolve with a new rulemaking for generic label approvals. This seminar will review when you need to go to the USDA for approval and when you can do it yourself. It will also cover top hazards with label review and insider tips and tricks on how to manage the process to get to market faster. The three-hour session will investigate:

  • Eligibility for generic label approval
  • Record-keeping requirements and best practices
  • Insider's guide to label approval, claims and special statements
  • Future policy changes and predictions
  • USDA-LPDS required sketch label approval process and LSAS tips

...and much more!

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Label Compliance Software (EZ Form Training)

Wednesday April 27th / 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Tracks: Nutrition, FDA, USDA, Expert 
Instructors: Fred Mosher and Michelle Lee, Prime Label Consultants

Learn how to create compliant labels using EZ Form Software.  Practice using easy software wizards to conform to the newest Sesame, Bioengineered and Nutrition labeling regulations. This class will have two tracks - a beginning track for new or prospective EZ Form users and an advanced track for experienced EZ Form users.

The beginner track will cover:

  • EZ Form Basics: set up, FDA, USDA & Canada modes, product records & regulation libraries
  • Nutrition Navigator: building your ingredients deck, database lookup, serving sizes & new NFP formats
  • Tracking of Sesame allergen & Bioengineered ingredients
  • Claims Calculators: Nutrient, Health & Organic claims wizards
  • Records: Creating Spec sheets & record keeping best practices that will withstand audits by your USDA inspector

The advanced track will cover:

  • New NFP: additional data requirements & converting your current product records
  • Advanced ingredient supporting documentation management
  • Automating with LSAS: intelligent workflow to easily create, store, collaborate, and route labels for approval
  • Advanced Wizards: Generic approval, Child Nutrition, Safe Handling, ADA Exchange wizards
  • Collaborating and interfacing software systems
  • Advanced tips & tricks and free form Q & A

...and much more!


* additional cost

LOGISTICS

Pricing

Main Conference: April 25 - 26, 2022


$2,195.00 -  Registration (after March 15, 2022)

Add-On Training: April 24 & 27, 2022


$995.00 for Full Day Trainings
$595.00 for Half Day Trainings
      

Entire Package savings* of $400 for 4 full days (when booked together - use promo code: 4FULLDAYS)

* Limit one discount per attendee

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Hotel


Grand Hyatt Washington DC
 
1000 H Street NW      
Washington, D.C., USA, 20001     
+1 202 582 1234  grandwashington.hyatt.com 

Reservations: Please click here to register for PLCs' exclusive discount on rooms for the conference. This deal expires April 1st or when the room block is full. Don't miss out on discounted rates!

Directions: Conveniently located at Metro Center - on the Red, Orange, Blue & Silver lines. 

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COVID Safety


Latest Update: As of March 1, Washington, DC will no longer have a proof of vaccination or mask mandate. There are a few exceptions to this with masks still required in a few places such as public transit, taxis, and ride share vehicles.
View the latest safety initiatives and updates from Washington D.C. and the Grand Hyatt. Any additional updates related to vaccine and COVID requirements in the Washington, DC area will be communicated to registered attendees prior to the start of the event.

The health and safety of all visitors to the Food Label Conference remain our top priority. We are closely monitoring government mandates and policy changes, Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines and public health advancements. As information pertaining to the virus continues to develop, we will adjust our approach as needed and keep you up to date with new developments to ensure a coordinated effort and a safe environment for all the Food Label Conference visitors.

Standard Cancellation Policy: Any written cancellations received within 6 weeks of the date of the scheduled event will receive a 50% credit note to any future Prime Label conference in the next eighteen (18) months, provided the full fee has been paid prior to or as of the date of the requested cancellation.

Cancel for Any Reason:
CANCEL FOR ANY REASON protection guarantees a cash refund of 75% of your main conference and training registration costs paid to Prime Label Consultants. CANCEL FOR ANY REASON protection is optional and available for purchase at the individual level. Conference registration cancellation must be made 24 hours or more prior to the start of the Conference.

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