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December 2018

Welcome to December's Label Alert! In this issue, AMA encourages FDA to take more action on Added Sugar, FDA announces new romaine lettuce labeling and issues a new qualified health claim, amongst other news. Plus, save $100 with Earlybird registration on the 2019 Food Label ConferenceBefore we know it 2019 will be here, so snuggle up and read on to prepare for the New Year...

Should the FDA Require Front-of-Package Warnings about Sugar?
The American Medical Association wants the Food and Drug Administration to adopt front-of-package warning labels for foods with high levels of added sugars, according to a statement from the group. The AMA also asked the FDA to limit how much added sugar can be allowed in foods making health or nutrition claims on the package.
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FDA And Leafy Greens Growers Agree: Romaine Lettuce Will Now Be Labeled
As the Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control continue investigating last month's E. coli outbreak in romaine lettuce that has, to date, infected 43 Americans and 22 Canadians, the FDA has now announced a new voluntary leafy greens industry labeling plan aimed at mitigating the outbreak's impact. 
Statement from FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., on a new qualified health claim for consuming oils with high levels of oleic acid to reduce coronary heart disease risk.
A class action lawsuit against Mott's says the company is using the terms "natural" and "all natural ingredients" to deceive consumers about what's really inside their apple juice and applesauce products ....
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FDA Extends Comment Period on Use of the Names of Dairy Foods in Labeling Plant-Based Products
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is extending by 60 days, until January 28, 2019, the comment period on the request for information on labeling plant-based products with names that include the names of dairy foods, such as "milk," "yogurt," and "cheese." The original comment period was scheduled to end on November 27.

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Brave New Food World: Will You Eat These Things?
I've started taking note of foods and ingredients still in the research phase or soon to come to a supermarket near lucky you. Some recent examples: fat replacer made from wood cellulose, blue salad dressing made from Spirulina, crickets for breakfast, salmon skin chips ....
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