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April 2018

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 "natural" claims, the latest on menu labeling, and why the USDA withdrew the organic animal welfare rule. You can also learn about the latest in labeling from the USDA and FDA at PLC's Food Label Conference. This month we're offering $100 off Add-On Training. Sit back and enjoy Spring ... with Label Alert!

Gottlieb Promises Action on 'Natural' Claims, Hints at Support for Potassium Salt Petition
After two years of radio silence, during which some legal commentators - and several judges dealing with civil litigation on the issue - suspected it might die on the vine, the FDA has given its clearest indication yet that it will attempt to define 'natural' for the purposes of food labeling.
Menu Labeling Finally Set to Go Live on May 7, But Congress Might Have Different Plans
If it seems like we have been talking about menu labeling for years, it is because we have been-for almost 8 years this month. And just when it seems like the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will move menu labeling forward, Congress could thwart FDA's plans.
Coffee Causes Cancer, According to the State of California
Coffee products in California will soon include cancer warning labels - assuming an LA judge's recent decision stands. This means shops like Starbucks and Peet's Coffee, in additional to smaller roasters like Four Barrel, may soon be required to post signage or include warnings on individually packaged products or in physical retail locations.
USDA Withdraws Organic Animal Welfare Standards Rule
The U.S. Agriculture Department officially withdrew the organic livestock and poultry practices (OLPP) rule that would have set animal welfare standards for organic agriculture.
In Nafta Talks, U.S. Tries to Limit Junk Food Warning Labels
The contentious negotiations over the fate of the North American Free Trade Agreement have veered into one of the world's most pressing health issues: fighting obesity. Urged on by big American food and soft-drink companies, the Trump administration is using the trade talks with Mexico and Canada to try to limit the ability of the pact's three members ... to warn consumers about the dangers of junk food.
The Battle Begins At The FDA As Agriculture Evolves: Milk From A Cow Vs. Milk From Plants
In January, the Food and Drug Administration issued its 2018 Strategic Policy Roadmap... The modernization is important because the FDA's Labeling Policy Book was last published in August 2005 and while there have been updates, agricultural processes today have created new foods and beverages, many of which have become so popular with consumers that there is confusion, in particular over the use of the words "mayonnaise" and "milk."
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