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April 2019

Welcome to April's Label Alert, your chance to catch up on the latest industry news. Read on to learn about the new acting FDA commissioner, FDA's removal of restrictions on GM salmon, and the quiet arrival of gene-edited food. Also in this issue, learn how Private Label suppliers can save $100 off registration for PLC's Food Label Conference. Sit back and ease into your day ... with Label Alert!

USDA and FDA Announce a Formal Agreement to Regulate Cell-Cultured Food Products from Cell Lines of Livestock and Poultry
FDA and FSIS announced a formal agreement to jointly oversee the production of human food products derived from the cells of livestock and poultry. The agreement describes the oversight roles and responsibilities for both agencies and how the agencies will collaborate to regulate the development and entry of these products into commerce.
NIH Cancer Chief to Serve as Acting FDA Commissioner
The head of the National Cancer Institute will temporarily take charge of the Food and Drug Administration [in April] after the departure of its current chief.
The appointment of Dr. Ned Sharpless comes a week after Scott Gottlieb unexpectedly announced his resignation.
Why This Snack Bar Maker Says Food Companies Must Be Held to Higher Health Standards
Kind Snacks is challenging food companies to be more transparent about their products' health claims--but don't expect to read about it in a full-page ad. The New York-based snack maker filed a citizen petition with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration calling for stricter food labeling and nutrient content regulations.
FDA Removes Restrictions on Genetically Modified Salmon
Genetically modified fish are about to become more of a practical reality in the US. The Food and Drug Administration has lifted an import alert on AquaBounty's genetically modified AquAdvantage salmon eggs, allowing the fish to reach the US over three years after they received initial approval.
Gene-edited Food Quietly Arrives in Restaurant Cooking Oil         
Somewhere in the Midwest, a restaurant is frying foods with oil made from gene-edited soybeans. That's according to the company making the oil, which says it's the first commercial use of a gene-edited food in the U.S.
Will Tomorrow's Consumers be Educated or Inundated by Proliferating Food Labels?
Point a smartphone at the "QR" (for "quick response") symbol at the top of a box of General Mills Fiber One cereal (or any one of more than 36,000 products in a supermarket) and the phone displays far more information about the food inside than most consumers care to read.
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for Private Label Suppliers at FLC
Come Network with Private Label Brands & Manufacturers at the Food Label Conference & save!

To meet the complex challenges of Nutrition Label Reform, the Food Label Conference is facilitating networking with select Private Label Brand owners to have candid conversations about the pressures, expectations and best practices of food labeling today.

- Food Label Conference attendees will have the chance to connect face-to-face with Private Label teams during conference sessions and networking events.

- Private Label teams will meet suppliers in a casual setting during a Cocktail Networking Reception on Monday night.

To save $100 use the code PRIVATELABEL when you register by April 10, 2019.

Or, register for all 4 days of the Food Label Conference and save $400. To take advantage of this special offer, select 2 Add-on seminars in addition to Main Conference registration on the online registration form.*

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- Prime Label Consultants (PLC) has been host to the nation's premier event for food labeling since 1989. This year boasts an unprecedented range of educational opportunities with over 30 different breakouts in addition to 9 optional Add-On Trainings.
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