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September 2017

Happy end-of-summer, and welcome to 
September's Label Alert! In this issue, USDA updates its label approval guidelines, Amazon-Whole Foods deal has some food companies nervous, where we are on defining "Natural," and more... And continuing our efforts to help industry stay compliant with the latest nutrition labeling regulations, PLC is offering $100 off either of its Nutrition Label Reform trainings in Chicago. Now, ease into your workday with this edition of Label Alert!

USDA Revises Label Approval Guidelines
On August 18, 2017, FSIS released an update to the "Compliance Guideline for Label Approval," clarifying when meat and poultry companies must submit labels to FSIS for approval. The updated guidance includes specific examples of certain special statements and claims that may not be generically approved. 
Amazon's Website will be Flooded with Whole Foods Brands, Meaning More Competition for Food Sellers
On August 28 Amazon Fresh began selling hundreds of new items from Whole Foods' house brands. The influx of new products to Amazon's e-grocery service spells competition for the fresh food and packaged brands already selling there.
Nestle's Poland Spring is Common Groundwater, New Suit Alleges
Nestle's Poland Spring Water unit has duped American consumers into paying premium prices for ordinary ground water that's pumped from some of Maine's most populated areas, rather than from natural springs as the company advertises, according to a lawsuit.
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Where are we on Defining 'Natural'?
Like mosquitoes on a summer evening, lawsuits on the use of the term "natural" are stinging food companies. While it's been suggested that an excess of regulations is suppressing industry growth, this is one instance where a regulatory definition might help.
FDA Promises Menu Labeling Guidance as NYC Agrees to Delay Enforcement
Two weeks after FDA filed a court document siding with industry's effort to block New York's controversial menu labeling law, the agency's new head said the administration will soon issue compliance guidance for a similar federal law set to go into effect next year. 
Career Corner: Prime Label is Hiring!
Prime Label is looking for experienced and entry level Food Technologists to join the team.  If you are a hardworking, motivated individual looking for a new career, please submit a resume and coverletter to
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