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May 2018

Welcome to May's Label Alert, your chance to catch up on the latest industry news. Read on to find out what food labeling changes to expect in 2018, what's in the proposed Food Labeling Modernization Act, the dark side to clean labels, and more. Also in this issue, learn how Private Label suppliers can save $100 off registration for PLC's Food Label Conference. Sit back and ease into your day ... with Label Alert!

No Such Thing as Simple Food Labeling: Changes Ahead in 2018
Significant statutory and regulatory changes are on the horizon this year in the world of food labeling as regulators and lawmakers introduce rules that can potentially impact the food industry and its compliance obligations.
Senator Markey Introduces Food Labeling Modernization Act
U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Edward J. Markey (D-MA) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) introduced the Food Labeling Modernization Act to minimize confusing and misleading information that consumers encounter on food packages.
FDA Commissioner Weighs into Plant-Based "Milk" Debate
FDA commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb says the agency is "actively" exploring whether consumers are being misled by the use of terms such as 'milk' or 'yogurt' to describe plant based products, but says the FDA's radio silence on this issue in recent years may make it harder to take action now without new data.
Food Industry Split on Disclosing Sesame, an Allergen
Fourteen of 22 major food manufacturing companies declare the presence of sesame and do not obscure it as an unspecified "spice" or "natural flavoring," according to a new report by the nonprofit Center for Science in the Public Interest.  But the remaining companies do not provide appropriate labeling, leaving consumers at risk for potentially life-threatening allergies.
The Dark Side to Clean Labels; Fear of Difficult to Pronounce Ingredients could Threaten Safety, Stability
As the clean label movement expands, food and beverage manufacturers should lean more heavily on science to explain to consumers how products are made and the role specific ingredients play to ensure shelf stability and safety are not lost along with multi-syllable and unfamiliar sounding ingredients.
More Organic than Thou? Rebel Farmers Create New Food Label
Was your tomato grown in dirt or water? Organic shoppers might notice additional labels this summer that will give them the answer - and tell them whether their choices align with what a rebellious group of farmers and scientists deem the true spirit of the organic movement.
$100 Off
for Private Label Suppliers at FLC
Come Meet Private Label Brand Owners at the Food Label Conference & save!

To meet the complex challenges of Nutrition Label Reform, the Food Label Conference is facilitating meetings with select Private Label Brand owners (Sysco, Albertsons, Topco and others) to have candid conversations about the pressures, expectations and best practices of converting to the new NFP.

- Food Label Conference attendees will have the chance to connect face-to-face with Private Label teams during conference sessions, networking events and dedicated Brand Owner meetings.

- This year, Sysco is hosting a dedicated Breakout Session to discuss unique brand expectations,workflow processes, labeling needs, NLR deadlines and ways to enhance communication.

- Private Label teams will also host a Cocktail Networking Reception sponsored by sgsco, including an open bar and appetizers.

- We also anticipate breaking news on the new GMO labeling law, the NLR compliance deadline, and other important labeling issues and trends.

To save $100 use the code PRIVATELABEL when you register by May 18, 2018.

Or, register for all 4 days of the Food Label Conference and save $400. To take advantage of this special offer, select 2 Add-on seminars in addition to Main Conference registration on the online registration form.*

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- Prime Label Consultants (PLC) has been host to the nation's premier event for food labeling since 1989. This year boasts an unprecedented range of educational opportunities with over 30 different breakouts in addition to 8 optional Add-On Trainings.
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