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September 2018

Happy end-of-summer, and welcome to 
September's Label Alert! In this issue, FDA extends the comment period for its Nutrition Innovation Strategy and more... And continuing our efforts to help industry stay compliant with changing regulations, PLC is offering $150 off both days of its Food Label Seminars in Chicago this fall. Now, enjoy this edition of Label Alert!

FDA Extends Comment Period for its Nutrition Innovation Strategy
FDA extended the public comment period by 45 days until October 11, 2018 and posted materials from the July 26, 2018 public meeting to provide more information to those wishing to comment on the Nutrition Innovation Strategy. 
USDA Files New Bioengineered Food Symbols with U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
On August 7, 2018, USDA filed six new bioengineered food symbols with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, to "certify that a a bioengineered food."
The Future of Food
Scientists have found a fast and cheap way to edit your food's DNA. Thanks to a cutting edge technology called gene editing, scientists can now turn plant genes "on" and "off." 
FDA Commissioner Tweets About Goals for Organic Food Labels
FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb took to Twitter to offer some initial thoughts on food labeling, particularly as it pertains to labels on organic products and other items touting "free" characteristics, such as antibiotic free and hormone free. Essentially, those words that are used to influence consumers' purchases.
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General Mills To Remove "Natural" Label From Granola Bars
General Mills will remove "Made with 100% Natural Whole Grain Oats" from its Nature Valley granola bar labels, part of a settlement in a lawsuit over glyphosate in cereals and other products.
Jamba Juice Facing Lawsuit Over Deceptively Marketed "Whole Fruit and Vegetable" Smoothies
Jamba Juice smoothies are not what Jamba Juice claims and advertises them to be, according to a class action lawsuit filed in federal court. The company is facing allegations that it is tricking consumers by marketing its beverages as "whole fruit and vegetable smoothies" when, in fact, they often include juice blends made mostly from cheap pear and white grape juices from concentrate. 
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November 15:
Morgan Lewis Perspective: Food Labeling Issues and Emerging Trends
Hear about the latest on the upcoming Bioengineered Food Labeling law, FDA's new Nutrition Innovation Strategy, Lab grown meat, Prop 65 developments and other pivotal labeling trends from the top food lawyers at Morgan Lewis. This year the food industry is challenged to adjust to multiple compliance initiatives at once, which are upending over two decades of labeling strategy. 

November 16:
Nutrition Label Reform: Tactical Roadmap and Best Practices 

Whether you're under USDA inspection and just getting started or seeking best practices for FDA
label conversions, Prime Label Consultants is pleased to offer a program
designed to highlight the key information you need no matter where you're at in the process. Careful navigation is needed to optimize and set a secure foundation for the years ahead. This one day seminar will cover technical requirements, tactical lessons learned and industry trends in converting NFPs.
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Bonus: Both seminars qualify for 5.5 hours of continuing education credit from AND's Commission on Dietetic Registration.

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