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February 2020

Welcome to February's Label Alert! In this issue, USDA issues guidance on Non-GMO/BE claims, Trump rolls back Michelle Obama's school nutrition standards, and KIND updates its labels to reflect new research on calories, along with other food labeling news ....

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Enjoy this edition of Label Alert.
FSIS Publishes Guidance on Non-GMO/BE Claims
The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) updated its guideline on how establishments can make label claims concerning the fact that bioengineered or genetically modified ingredients or animal food were not used in the production of meat, poultry, or egg products.
Click here for FSIS Notice
Trump Targets Michelle Obama's School Nutrition Guidelines on Her Birthday
The Trump administration moved to roll back nutrition standards championed by Michelle Obama, an effort long sought by food manufacturers and some school districts that have chafed at the cost of Mrs. Obama's prescriptions for fresh fruit and vegetables.

Click here for Federal Register
KIND Updates Labels to Reflect Research Showing Calories from Nuts Have Been "Grossly Miscalculated"
KIND is reducing calorie counts on its nut bars to reflect USDA research suggesting that traditional methods for calculating energy have "grossly miscalculated" the metabolizable energy from whole nuts, the core ingredients in its snacks.
Foreign Crab Meat Labeled as Product of USA Lands Seafood Company Owner in Prison
The owner of a North Carolina-based seafood company will spend time in prison after being convicted of falsely labeling and selling certain food products. 
Low-CO2 Food Labeling Will Be the Next "Low Fat" Craze
Meat substitute Quorn is about to start labeling the carbon footprint of its foods.... The CO2 labeling is a completely voluntary move, meant to highlight the fact that Quorn's proprietary protein mix puts out greenhouse emissions that are 90% lower than beef.
FDA Grants Citizen Petition on Glucomannan as a Dietary Fiber
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that it intends to propose that "glucomannan" be added to the definition of dietary fiber. The action is being taken in response to a petition from The Food Lawyers.

Click here for Constituent Update
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