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April 2017

Welcome to April's Label Alert, your chance to catch up on the latest industry news. Read on to find out what's in store for the USDA under the Trump Administration, and learn about California legislation that could have food manufacturers seeing red. You can also learn about the latest in labeling at PLC's Food Label Conference. This month we're offering $100 off Add-On Seminars. Sit back and enjoy Spring ... with Label Alert!

Agriculture Leaders Slam Trump's USDA Budget Cut Proposal
Agriculture leaders including lawmakers from President Donald Trump's Republican Party ... criticized his planned 21 percent cut to discretionary spending at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), saying it could take a toll on the rural communities that helped elect him last November.
FDA Reopens Comment Period on Draft Guidance for Industry: Fruit Juice and Vegetable Juice as Color Additives in Food
The FDA is reopening the comment period on its "draft guidance for industry: fruit juice and vegetable juice as color additives in food" for 60 days to allow interested persons additional time to submit comments. The draft guidance, when finalized, will clarify when juices from fruits and vegetables may be used as color additives in food ....
"Low Content" Claims on Food Labels May Confuse Consumers
Food labels that say "low salt" or "no fat" may be misleading, suggests a new study.
These "low-content" claims are based on comparisons with other foods and are not standard definitions. Making such a claim doesn't necessarily mean the food is more nutritious than other brands, the authors say.
New Food Dye Bill Could Have Suppliers Seeing Red
Over the years, California legislation and regulation has shaped everything from auto emission regulations, to lead ammunition usage, to the labeling of known carcinogens in household products. Now, state leaders are at it again, but this time, they're looking at the food industry's use of color additives. It's an issue that may cause food manufacturers to reconsider their use of synthetic colors not just in California, but nationwide.
Senators Press Agriculture Nominee Sonny Perdue on Trump's Proposed Cuts to Rural Programs
Former Georgia governor Sonny Perdue, President Trump's pick to lead the Agriculture Department, faced pointed questions about the administration's proposed cuts to rural assistance programs during his otherwise friendly Senate confirmation hearing.
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