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September 2019

Welcome to September's Label Alert! In this issue, the Trump administration may be limiting the scope of the USDA's dietary guidelines, FDA announces a public meeting on modernizing food standards and releases another NFP guidance, Illinois passes legislation requiring sesame allergen labeling, and more.... 

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How the Trump Administration Limited the Scope of the USDA's 2020 Dietary Guidelines
The Trump administration is limiting scientific input to the 2020 dietary guidelines, raising concerns among nutrition advocates and independent experts about industry influence over healthy eating recommendations for all Americans. 
FDA Announces Public Meeting to Discuss Modernizing Food Standards of Identity
FDA announced it will hold a public meeting on September 27, 2019, to give interested parties an opportunity to discuss FDA's effort to modernize food standards of identity and to provide information about changes the FDA could make to existing standards of identity.
Converting Units of Measure for Folate, Niacin, and Vitamins A, D, and E on the Nutrition and Supplement Facts Labels:  Guidance for Industry
This guidance document provides step-by-step instructions to manufacturers of retail food products marketed in the United States on how they may convert the previous units of measure for certain nutrients to the new units in the updated Nutrition Facts label.
House Bill Standardizes Food Date Labels
At present, there are no federal regulations related to date labels on food products, aside from infant formula.... Reps. Chellie Pingree (D., Maine) and Dan Newhouse (R., Wash.) introduced the bipartisan Food Date Labeling Act, a bill designed to end consumer confusion around food date labeling and ensure Americans do not throw out perfectly good food.
Illinois Requires Food Manufacturers to Label Sesame Allergen
The FDA keeps a list of major food allergens known as the "big eight," which include milk, eggs, peanuts and tree nuts. Federal law requires food manufacturers to indicate if any of the allergens on that list are present in their products. One long-standing exception has been sesame. Illinois just passed a law mandating that packaged foods indicate the presence of sesame.

Veggie Burgers Were Living an Idyllic Little Existence. Then They Got Caught in a War Over the Future of Meat.
Tofurkey wasn't keeping cattle ranchers awake at night. For decades, veggie burgers were the token offering to vegans at the backyard barbecue, and Tofurkey was the Thanksgiving benediction to the meat-free loved ones in our lives. But as plant-based meat goes from an afterthought to a financial juggernaut that aims to change how people eat, the opposition has suddenly awakened.
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