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February 2019

Welcome to February's Label Alert. This issue includes a diverse mix of regulatory updates and coverage on trending topics. Plus, beat the cold weather blues by planning to come to the Food Label Conference in Washington DC during Cherry Blossom season (April 14-17, 2019). Get all your training done at once and save $400 when you attend all four days!

US Food Safety Defenses Need an Upgrade PIRG Report Says
Hazardous meat and poultry recalls because of E. coli, salmonella and other pathogens jumped 83% between 2013 and 2017, according to a new report from the U.S. Public Interest Research Group Education Fund. The report also said food recalls in general rose 10% during the same period.
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Bud Light Features Nutritional Information and Ingredients Label on Beer Packaging
Bud Light is set to feature nutritional information and ingredients on its packaging from February this year. An Anheuser-Busch InBev brand, Bud Light will be one of the first beers in the US to feature comprehensive ingredient details such as serving size, calories, total fat, saturated fat, trans fat, carbohydrates, sugars and protein directly on its packaging.  
How Food Labels Help Consumers Eat Healthier
A study by the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University said labeling has an effect on consumer eating behavior - just not in every category. The study was based on an analysis of 60 interventional studies from between 1990 and 2014, with two million unique observations that reported dietary intakes, purchases and sales receipts.
Plant-Based Milk Labeling Comment Period Ends; Debate Continues
FDA requested comments on the use of dairy terms-such as milk, yogurt, and cheese-in the labeling of plant-based products. FDA received 13,077 comments on the use of dairy terms in the labeling of plant-based products by yesterday's deadline.
Consumers' Evolving Understanding of Wellness Creates Marketing Opportunities for Retailers, Brands
As consumers' focus on health and wellness deepens, their understanding of the concept also is evolving and diversifying based on their life stage and unique circumstance - creating new marketing opportunities for retailers and brands that can offer more personalized solutions, according to new research from the Food Marketing Institute Foundation.
Food Companies Use 'Women Owned' Label to Showcase Female Leadership
The certification and label is an initiative run by the Women's Business Enterprise National Council and WEConnect International to create support for women-owned businesses.
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