January 2016


Dear Colleague,


Welcome to January's Label Alert. This month we feature the just released 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans and great savings on early Food Label Conference registration. Conference general session topics include updates on the New FDA Nutrition Facts Regulations, and Leading vs Bleeding Edge Claims. A total of eight add-on seminars and 29 breakout topics will be offered within four different professional tracks. Don't miss this early bird special offered to Label Alert subscribers!


Read the Government's New Dietary Advice for Americans


The 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which offer advice on healthy eating while also influencing countless federal nutrition and food programs, were released on [January7]. The new 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines come highly anticipated and are poised to be controversial.

Read on ...


USDA Ends COOL Enforcement With President's Signature on Omnibus Bill


Effective immediately, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says, USDA will no longer enforce the Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) requirements for beef and pork products because COOL was repealed by Congress.... It means an end to the January 2009 and May 2013 country of origin labeling requirements on muscle cuts of beef and pork, and on ground beef and pork.

                                                          Read on . . .


'Just Mayo' Name Can Stay, Says FDA, So What Does This Say About FDA Standards of Identity?


Just weeks after telling Hampton Creek it was playing fast and loose with food labeling regs by branding its flagship egg-free spread 'Just Mayo', the FDA says Hampton Creek can now keep the 'Just Mayo' brand name - as long as it makes minor tweaks to the label.

                                                         Read on . . .


This Kind of Label Changes How Your Food Tastes


Food labels don't just give you product information - they can have a big impact on how things actually taste. That's the major finding from new research out of Ghent University...

Read on . . .


FDA Gives Food Industry More Time to Define 'Natural'


The FDA has agreed to give food industry groups more time to weigh in on what "natural" should denote on product labels. The agency asked the public to comment in November on whether it should define the term and set guidelines for its use on food products, including those that are genetically engineered or made with genetically engineered ingredients. 

                                                             Read on . . .


FSIS Updates Generic Labeling Guidance


In November 2015, FSIS issued amended guidance related to products qualifying for generic approval. New or updated entries include products bearing the claims "Environmentally Raised," "Non-Genetically Engineered," "No Nitrites or Nitrates," and Country of origin statements.  

                                                       Read on ...

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