March 2016


Dear Colleague,


Welcome to the March Label Alert. This month we're offering discounts on two new add-on seminars at the 2016 Food Label Conference: Best Practices for USDA Generic Approval and Automating the New NFP with EZ Form Software. Enjoy!


Senate Bill Would Block Mandatory Labeling of GMOs


A Senate committee is moving forward on legislation that would prevent states from requiring labels on genetically modified foods. Vermont is set to require such labels this summer. Senate Agriculture Chairman Pat Roberts of Kansas released draft legislation ... that would block that law and create new voluntary labels ...

Read on ...


FDA Extends Public Comment Period for New Regulation on Labeling "Gluten-Free" Foods and Beverages


The FDA recently announced that it has extend the period for public comments on a proposed rule to establish requirements for fermented and hydrolyzed foods, or foods that contain fermented or hydrolyzed ingredients, and bear a "gluten-free" claim. FDA is extending the comment period for the proposed rule on gluten-free labeling for fermented or hydrolyzed foods by 60 days.

Read on ...


Confusion Over 'Clean Label' Definition Throws Manufacturers' Use of Term into Question


More than one-third (34%) of consumers across the globe do not understand the meaning of the term "clean label," according to a new survey ... which means manufacturers may need to reconsider their marketing strategies to get the clearest message across to consumers.

  Read on ...


How to Improve Nutrition Labeling on Food


Health experts believe the way to get people to eat better is to tell them which foods are healthy and which ones aren't. Nutrition facts panels ... are supposed to do that, but research has found that many people don't look at them, and even when they do, they don't help.


                                                          Read on . . .


Menu Labeling in the House: FDA Requirements


FDA has issued a final rule to implement the menu labeling provisions added to the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) by the Affordable Care Act.  Under the new requirements, restaurants or similar retail food establishments ... must provide calorie and other nutrition information for standard menu items.

Read on ...


What Campbell's Bold New GMO Plan Means for the Food Label Wars


Campbell Soup Co. may be the loudest voice calling for national policy guiding how to label products containing genetically modified organisms, but it's not alone. Other influential food giants decrying state-mandated label laws in favor of a federal strategy include General Mills and Land O'Lakes.

Read on . . .

FLC Add-On Seminars:

10% Discount


Register for one or both seminars and get 10% off each


Sunday May 22

Best Practices for USDA Generic Approval


Wednesday May 25


It's easy! Register here and use promo code LA316 in the comment field by 

March 20 to take advantage of this offer.


And be sure to join us for the main conference May 23 & 24, 2016 at the beautiful Grand Hyatt in D.C., for targeted training on key food labeling issues.

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