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March 2020

Welcome to March's Label Alert, your chance to catch up on the latest industry news. In this issue, FDA reopens comment period on food standards modernization principles, are foods labeled "low sugar" misleading to consumers? and more

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FDA Reopens Comment Period on General Principles for Food Standards Modernization
On February 20, 2020, FDA announced its plans to reopen the comment period on a 2005 proposed rule (initially jointly published with USDA) to establish a set of general principles for FDA to use when considering whether to establish, revise, or eliminate a food standards of identity.
FDA Releases Small Entity Compliance Guide for Nutrition Facts Labels
In the Federal Register of May 27, 2016, FDA published a final rule entitled "Food Labeling: Revision of the Nutrition and Supplement Facts Labels." The compliance date for this final rule was extended to January 1, 2021 for small business. This guidance document restates in plain language revisions made in the final rule.
Are Foods Labeled "Low Sugar" Misleading to Consumers?
Food and drink claims like "Just a tad sweet" or "Healthy" may mask high levels of added sugars.

Are You at Risk of a Class Action Lawsuit?
The number of class action filings against food and beverage companies rose 8% to 177 in 2019, with firms vulnerable to legal action on a host of fronts, from animal welfare claims and CBD to vanilla labeling.
2020 Will Be the Year Sustainability Goes from Buzzword to Necessity
Everybody wants sustainable products, and retailers are putting pressure on manufacturers to deliver goods that satisfy consumers' new preference for green and clean options.
How Food Labeling Can Ensure a Healthy Start for 2020
According to the FDA, approximately 70 percent of Americans are now obese or overweight. Not surprisingly, FDA, industry, consumer groups, and various other stakeholders are trying to do something about that dismal statistic.
Career Corner: Cargill
Cargill has an opening for a Senior Packaging Compliance Professional.  If anyone is interested in working for Cargill in Wichita, KS please respond to this posting before March 6, 2020.


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