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October 2018

Happy Autumn, and welcome to October's Label Alert! In this issue, USDA and FDA are both making news, as well as California's Prop 65. And to help industry stay on top of a dizzying array of labeling issues, PLC is offering substantial discounts on its Food Label Seminars in Chicago this fall. Now, read on and enjoy this edition of Label Alert!

USDA Aims to Debut 'Bioengineered' GMO Food Labels by December 1
The USDA by Dec. 1 is aiming to publish a final rule on labeling food containing genetically engineered ingredients, Greg Ibach, undersecretary for marketing and regulatory programs. 
FDA Issues Request for Information on Product Names of Plant-Based Dairy Substitutes
The FDA is inviting comment from the public on the labeling of plant-based products with names that include the names of dairy foods such as "milk," "cultured milk," "yogurt," and "cheese." They are taking this action to evaluate standards of identity for plant-based products (such as "almond milk" and "vegan cheese") that consumers may substitute for dairy foods. Comment is due by November 27, 2018.
Press Release                          Request for Information
The Pitfalls of FDA's GMO Food Labeling
Some companies in California were surprised recently when the Food and Drug Administration, which regulates food labeling, announced that it was considering no longer allowing food products to be labeled as "milk" unless they came from lactating animals.
Amended Prop 65 Regulations Likely to Prompt a Significant Uptick in Litigation, Predict Attorneys
Amendments to Prop 65 - which requires firms selling products in California to provide warnings if their products expose consumers to 900+ chemicals linked to cancer or reproductive toxicity - will likely trigger a sharp rise in litigation as manufacturers struggle to get to grips with the new rules, predict attorneys.
Farmers Union Opposes Labeling Cell-based Protein as 'Meat'
The National Farmers Union told the Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday that cell-based protein replicated in a lab should not be labeled as meat.
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Gluten-Free Food Labels Aren't As Accurate As You May Think
Can you trust your gluten-free label? Not often enough. A surprising number of foods - from cookies to salads to sauces - are misbranded as gluten-free when they contain ingredients not permitted under that label by the Food and Drug Administration.
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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, new controversies with Food Standards, Prop 65 developments, leading edge claims, recent class action lawsuits 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 issues at once, which are upending over two decades of labeling strategy. 

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Nutrition Label Reform: Tactical Roadmap and Best Practices 

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