December 2015 


Dear Colleague,


Welcome to December's Label Alert. This month we're excited to introduce Label Alert Extra, a practical resource intended to help companies transition to FDA's new Nutrition Facts Panel regulations, effective March 2016. We also have important labeling developments to report - in Natural & Healthy claims, GMO & Allergens, 2016 labeling trends & the introduction of the SmartLabel by GMA. Read on and enjoy the Holliday Season!



FDA Asks For Consumer Comments On "Natural" Food Labeling


The term "natural" on a product label can be very misleading. Some food and beverages labeled "natural" can contain unnatural ingredients.... The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced this month that will start taking public comments on the use of the term "natural" on food labeling starting November 12 and lasting through February 10, 2016. 

                                                                                      Read on . . .


KIND Petitions FDA to Update "Outdated" Food Labeling Rules 


KIND has filed a citizen petition with the FDA to update "outdated" regulations governing the use of the term healthy on food labels and address the disconnect between what Americans are encouraged to eat in the Dietary Guidelines and the criteria governing claims manufacturers can make on pack.


                                                                                      Read on . . .


FDA OKs Genetically Modified Salmon For Human Consumption


The Food and Drug Administration on [November 19] approved genetically modified salmon, the first such altered animal allowed for human consumption in the United States. The Obama administration had stalled in approving the fast-growing salmon for more than five years amid consumer concerns about eating genetically modified foods.

                                                                                      Read on . . .


USDA's FSIS Releases Food Allergen Guidelines for Producers


In an effort to reduce adverse reactions to food allergens, along with potential recalls, the  U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has released a 26-page set of guidelines to assist meat, poultry, and processed egg product producers in properly managing ingredients which could trigger such problems.

                                                                                      Read on . . .


The Future is Now: The Critical Food Industry Trends Heading into 2016


With 2015 coming to a close, it's time to look ahead at trends affecting the food and beverage industries in 2016, many of which emerged or became more established throughout the world this year.


                                                                                      Read on . . .


Could the SmartLabel Fix the Food Labeling Fight?


Food trade journal Sustainable Brands reported on the new SmartLabel introduced by the Grocery Manufacturers Association to help meet the public's desire for more information about food and other products. Hershey is the first brand to adopt it.

                                                                                      Read on . . .

Introducing Label Alert Extra!



In March 2016, the FDA will be making significant modifications to the Nutrition Facts Label. These will be the most dramatic nutrition policy changes in decades.
That's why Prime Label Consultants and SGS, a global leader in package production and related marketing services, are providing you with 
Label Alert Extra newsletter. This is a complimentary subscription and an invaluable resource to help you comply with the new regulations while maintaining your brand value.


In each issue, Label Alert Extra will outline the 7 Steps to a Successful Transition, along with how-to guides, checklists and best practices required to convert on time and on budget.


Label Alert subscribers will automatically receive Label Alert Extra. But to sign up your team members in Marketing, Purchasing and R&D, please click here.


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