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June 2020

Welcome to Summer, and June's Label Alert! In this issue, FDA relaxes food label rules for the Pandemic yet again, a court rules on GMO vs Natural claims, researchers have investigated food date labeling, and more

Plus, learn about the latest in labeling at the Food Label Conference. This month we're offering $200 off your first Add-on Training OR $300 off the second or more trainings. So sit back, and catch up on industry news with this month's Label Alert!

Temporary Policy Regarding Certain Food Labeling Requirements during the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency: Minor Formulation Changes and Vending Machines 
FDA is issuing this guidance to food manufacturers to provide temporary and limited flexibilities in food labeling requirements under certain circumstances.
The FDA Relaxes Food Label Rules for the 5th Time during Pandemic
The new guidance allows manufacturers to substitute hard-to-source ingredients in their products without changing the label. And it allows vending machine operators latitude to omit calorie information for foods sold.
Does Your Food Product Contain GMOs? Read This Before Labeling It "100% Natural"
The debate over the meaning of "100% Natural" remains unsettled. On May 7, 2020, the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit reversed a district court's October 2017 decision to dismiss a consumer's complaint against Conagra Brands, Inc., maker of Wesson Oil, alleging deceptive or unfair trade practices.
Is there a Science to Food Date Labeling? US Food Waste Study Probes a Possible Link
Minimizing food waste is top of mind for many during the COVID-19 pandemic, with consumers concerned about the potential ramifications for food supply chains. To address this concern and combat global food waste, researchers ... have come together ... with the goal of clarifying the science or lack thereof behind food date labels.
Consumers Monitoring Fats, Oils in Packaged Foods
Fat and oil type are strong purchase consideration factors for a majority of consumers, according to a recent global FATitudes study from Cargill. 
What Does the Farm-to-Fork Strategy Mean for the Future of Food in Europe?
After a two-month delay, the EU Commission unveiled its Farm to Fork and Biodiversity strategy this week with the aim of creating a more "robust, secure, and sustainable food system."
Eddy Packing Job Posting: Regulatory Labeling Specialist
Eddy Packing Co., in Yoakum, TX is hiring a Regulatory Labeling Specialist with experience in USDA labeling regulations. Interested applicants can send their resume to the Human Resources Department, with the job title "Regulatory Labeling Specialist" specified in the subject line. Posting open until filled.
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