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November 2018

Welcome to November's Label Alert! In this issue, FDA announces its 2018 agenda, plus mislabeling lawsuits make the news. 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!

Fall 2018 Unified Agenda: FDA's New Regulatory Work to Advance Health and Safety
For the FDA, the federal government's Fall 2018 Unified Agenda reflects its ongoing commitment to protecting and promoting the public health through science-based decision-making that informs new regulations that advance the public health and promote innovative, efficient oversight of its key areas of influence. 
Seltzer Maker LaCroix Sued over 'All-Natural' Label
A lawsuit accuses the popular sparkling water brand LaCroix of lying about its "all-natural" ingredients.
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FDA Asks for Input on Sesame Allergies and Food Labeling
The FDA issued a request for information on the prevalence and severity of sesame allergies in the United States to inform possible regulatory action that would require sesame to be labeled as an allergen on packaged foods. Currently, sesame is not required to be disclosed as an allergen, and in some circumstances, sesame may be exempt from being listed by name in the ingredient statement on food packages.
FDA Bans Use of 7 Synthetic Food Additives After Environmental Groups Sue
Ever heard of these food additives? Synthetically-derived benzophenone, ethyl acrylate, methyl eugenol, myrcene, pulegone, or pyridine?
... You've likely never seen them on food labels because food manufacturers are permitted to label them simply as "artificial flavors." Now, the Food and Drug Administration has announced these compounds will no longer be allowed to be used as food additives.
Consumer Alleges Barilla America Pasta Sauce Falsely Labeled as Having No Preservatives
A New York consumer alleges that a brand of pasta sauce is deceptively marketed as having no preservatives. According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges the defendant's Barilla pasta sauces are deceptively labeled as having no preservatives when they contain the preservative citric acid.
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Prime Label Consultants Submits Comments on FDA's Nutrition Innovation Strategy
Read PLC's specific recommendations to the FDA on modernizing standards of identity (peanut butter, whole wheat bread, canned fruits, chocolate), claims (sugar, carbs) and ingredient labels (oils).
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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. 

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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