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October 2019

Welcome to October's Label Alert! In this issue, FDA held a public meeting on modernizing food standards and there is breaking news from the USDA, UK, Mississippi, CSPI and the courts.... 

Plus, it is your last chance to sign up for our Food Label Seminars Oct 10-11 in Chicago. Get updated on the latest regulations and risks from top lawyers & labeling professionals next week.  

Enjoy this edition of Label Alert!

How Should FDA Modernize Food Standards of Identity
Guidelines were created during the last 81 years "to promote honesty and fair dealing," but many say they currently stifle innovation. Regulators from the FDA set up a public hearing to get input on the agency's effort to modernize these rules that specify the characteristics of hundreds of different food and drinks.
USDA Offers Pork Companies a New Inspection Plan, Despite Opposition
For the first time in half a century, the U.S. government just revised the way that it inspects pork slaughterhouses. The change has been long in coming. It's been debated, and even tried out at pilot plants, for the past 20 years. It gives pork companies themselves a bigger role in the inspection process. Critics call it privatization.
Mississippi Considers Changes to Plant-Based Meat Labeling Law
Mississippi has proposed new rules allowing makers of plant-based foods to comply with its recently adopted ban on meat-based terms by using a "comparable qualifier" on package labeling. These qualifiers include terms such as "meat free," "meatless," "plant-based," "veggie-based," "made from plants," "vegetarian," or "vegan."
New Food Allergen Labeling Law Coming to the UK
The UK's Food Standards Agency (FSA) announced a new law that will require more foods to be labeled with allergen information. The new law will go into effect in October 2021. The new law will require businesses to provide full ingredient and allergen labeling on foods which are pre-packaged for direct sale.
Food for Thought: Outcomes of Food Labeling Cases Prove Difficult to Predict
The past year has seen a proliferation of lawsuits alleging that food product labels mislead consumers about the product's ingredients. The trend continued last month, with decisions from the Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and one of its district courts reaching different results on motions to dismiss complaints alleging deceptive food labels.
CSPI Petitions the USDA to Change Rules on the Labeling of Nitrites, Nitrates in Processed Meats
The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) and Consumer Reports have asked the USDA to prohibit firms from labeling processed meats as 'uncured,' and/or 'No nitrate or nitrite added' if they are cured with natural sources of nitrate and nitrite, such as celery powder (as opposed to traditional synthetic sources, such as sodium nitrite).
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