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September 2016

Welcome to September's Label Alert. The big news over the past few months has been the new Nutrition Facts label. And to help companies with the huge job of transitioning to the new NFP, Prime Label Consultants is offering $100 off when you register for both days of our Nutrition 2016 Training this November in Chicago. Ease into your workday with this edition of Label Alert!

FDA Releases Vending Machine Labeling Guidance Documents
FDA has published a Small Entity Compliance Guide (SECG) and draft guidance to help businesses comply with the agency's final rule on calorie labeling for vending machine foods. The rule implements the vending machine labeling provisions of the Affordable Care Act that require disclosure of calorie information at the point of purchase for food sold by persons who own or operate 20 or more vending machines.
Generically Approved Label Record Assessment Pilot Project to Begin
 In 2014, FSIS published a Final Rule expanding the kinds of labels that can be generically approved. In the regulatory text resulting from the final rule, FSIS announced that it would assess compliance of generically approved labels by selecting samples of the labels from establishments. The pilot phase of this assessment will take place between August 22 and Sept. 30, 2016.
FDA Extends FMSA Compliance Dates; Publishes Draft Guidance; Issues Final Rule Amending GRAS Regulations
The Food and Drug Administration issued a final rule extending and clarifying the compliance dates for certain provisions of four implementing rules of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). FDA also issued draft guidance to help industry comply with the hazard analysis and risk-based preventive controls for human food. FDA also published a final rule amending and clarifying the conditions under which food manufacturers can add a substance to human or animal food without seeking premarket approval if the substance is generally recognized as safe (GRAS).
FDA Delays Sodium Reduction Guidelines
The FDA's final guidance on recommendations to reduce sodium in processed foods and restaurant meals has been postponed. The agency announced on Aug. 18 that it has extended the comment period on the guidelines to give the food industry and public more time to respond. The public will now have until Oct. 17 to comment.
Vermont AG Will Not Enforce GMO Food Labeling Law
Vermont's Attorney General William Sorrell on Aug. 2 said his office no longer will enforce Act 120, Vermont's first-in-the-nation law requiring the labeling of food produced with genetic engineering. The announcement came just a few days after President Obama signed S.764, which established the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard act.
Career Corner: Prime Label hiring Senior Food Technologist
PLC is recruiting a self-motivated Senior Food Technologist with food label regulatory experience and excellent organization, analytical thinking, and communication ability. The position will entail project management and coordination of complex projects, compliance support and label review capacity, team leadership for successful customer deliverables, and account relationship management. 
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November 2 & 3, 2016
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The 2016 Nutrition labeling changes upend 25 years of packaging strategy. Prime Label Consultants' Nutrition 2016 Training will 
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