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November 2016

Welcome to November's Label Alert. In this issue, read about FSIS' long-range strategic plan, FDA's request for information, updated animal production claims, and more.... Plus, couldn't make it to this month's Nutrition 2016 Training in Chicago? Take one of our training webinars instead, and save 10%! Now, enjoy those cooling November temps, and ease into your workday with this edition of Label Alert.
FSIS Releases 2017-2021 Strategic Plan
FSIS released its Fiscal Year (FY) 2017-2021 Strategic Plan, which will guide the agency's work over the next five years.  The plan is focused on achieving three broad goals: preventing foodborne illness and protecting public health; modernizing inspection systems, policies and scientific approaches; and achieving operational excellence.
FDA Requests Information on Product Category and RACC for Nut Butter Spreads and Other Fillings
The FDA has issued a request for information (RFI) to invite comments, data and other information on the appropriate reference amount customarily consumed (RACC) and product category for flavored nut butter spreads (e.g., cocoa, cookie, and coffee flavored), as well as products that can be used to fill cupcakes and other desserts.
Health Canada Looks to Improve Outdated Canada Food Guide
The [Canadian] government is moving to replace the outdated Canada Food Guide in an attempt to stem an obesity crisis plaguing the country. Health Minister Jane Philpott announced a consultation process ... to update the ineffective nutrition guide with better recommendations and the latest scientific evidence.

How FDA Sugar Labeling Rules Could Help Brands Build Consumer Trust
The FDA regulations surrounding nutrition labels for sugars are about to get more strict, and some have said will likely change the way foods are made. However, there is another impact this change may have that is likely to drive more sales for food manufacturers and retailers.
FSIS Releases Updated Compliance Guidelines for Animal Production Claims
The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced the availability of updated compliance guidelines on the documentation required to support animal-raising claims on product labels.
Cargill Launching Traceable Beef Brand
Cargill Meats is gearing up to launch its Pasture Crafted beef brand, which the company says will be "guaranteed tender and traceable to birth on sustainably operated ranches." The brand will be grass-fed and grain finished, according to Meatingplace.
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