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October 2016

Welcome to October's Label Alert. The big news over the past few months has been the new Nutrition Facts label. To help companies make this important transition, Prime Label Consultants developed this 2016 NFP Style Guide. Check it out - it's free! Also in this issue, save on registration for Day 2 of our Nutrition 2016 training in November. 
Now, sit back and ease into your workday with this edition of Label Alert!

FDA Asks Public: What Is "Healthy Food"?
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration wants Americans to help it clarify the meaning of "healthy" on food labels. The agency is seeking this public input as it redefines nutritional claims on food labeling. The effort is part of an overall plan to help consumers quickly make healthy food choices and to encourage the food industry to develop healthier products, according to the FDA.
USDA Streamlines Process for "Non-GMO' Label Claims
Producers of organic meat and poultry products can now obtain approval to use a "non-GMO" label claim based on their organic certification, the US Dept. of Agriculture reported.
Which Presidential Candidate Is Better for the Food and Beverage Industry?
Typically overshadowed by topics like foreign policy, national security, taxes and healthcare, food and farm issues never seem to get equal time during a presidential election, even though they play an integral part in many of those other matters. This election cycle is proving to be no different.
USDA Seeks Public Comments on GMO Labeling Regulations
The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) issued a request for information (RFI) to inform the design of a study to establish a National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard, as directed in the recently enacted amendments to the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946. The law authorizes AMS to establish a national disclosure standard for bioengineered food ...
USDA Announces New Open Data Partnership for Public Health
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Branded Food Products Database, a free online resource for families, the food industry and researchers containing nutrition details on more than 80,000 name brand prepared and packaged foods available at restaurants and grocery stores.
FSIS Releases Updated Compliance Guideline for Animal Raising Claims
FSIS announced the availability of an updated version of its compliance guideline on documentation needed to support animal-raising claims on product labels. The updated guideline reflects FSIS's current position and procedures for reviewing animal-raising claims and includes explanations of animal-raising claims that FSIS may approve and the types of supporting documentation.
In Memoriam
It is with great sadness that we at Prime Label announce the passing of our former friend and colleague, Pat Yingling. Pat was the anchor of our front office for ten years, until her retirement last spring. She always had a smile and a friendly greeting for customer and co-worker alike. We will miss her.
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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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