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November 2017

Welcome to November's Label Alert! In this issue's headlines, FDA declares "love" not an ingredient, Organic Trade Association sues USDA, Nestle quits the GMA, and more.... And continuing our efforts to help industry stay compliant, PLC is offering 15% off its FDA Compliance Reports and USDA Generic Reports. Read on, and Happy Thanksgiving!

FDA Warns Bakery Company 'Love' Is Not an Ingredient in Granola
Rolled oats, brown sugar and maybe nuts. No feelings. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday released a warning letter to Nashoba Brook Bakery, reprimanding the West Concord, Massachusetts-based baker and wholesaler about the ingredients it lists in its granola. "Your Nashoba Granola label lists ingredient 'Love,'" the agency wrote in the Sept. 22 letter. "'Love' is not a common or usual name of an ingredient.       
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An In-Depth Look into OTA's Lawsuit Against USDA
Last month, the Organic Trade Association (OTA) announced it had filed a lawsuit against the [USDA], and since then the response from industry leaders has been polarizing. The lawsuit is striking nerves because of its potential impact on organic products using anything from dairy to eggs - and also due to its eerily familiar pattern to the current administration's other recent handling of food regulation.
Nestle Follows Campbell Soup in Quitting Food Manufacturer Lobby Group
Nestle SA is leaving the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), a lobby group that represents hundreds of food companies in Washington, a spokesman for the group said, just months after a similar decision by Campbell Soup Co.
Mott's Fruit-Flavored Snacks: 'A Tasty Treat You Can Feel Good About?'
Some fruit snacks are simply dried or baked fruit. Others are "essentially candy" masquerading as "nutritious and healthful" snacks, alleges a lawsuit taking issue with the way Mott's fruit flavored snacks are marketed. But are consumers being duped, or are they well aware that not all 'fruit snacks' are the same?
Preemption, Puffery Defenses Can't Overcome Ginger Ale Suit
A California federal court judge rejected both puffery and preemption arguments when it denied Dr. Pepper Snapple Group's motion to dismiss a putative class action challenging the labeling for its Canada Dry Ginger Ale.
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