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August 2020

Welcome to August's Label Alert! In this issue, AMS proposes adding sugarcane to the National Bioengineered (BE) Foods List, USDA is sued for its BE standard, FDA will allow qualified health claims for cranberry juice and urinary tract infections, and more ...

Plus, register for PLC's Bioengineered Labeling Seminar and be prepared when the BE regulation becomes mandatory in little over a year! So sit back, and catch up on the latest industry news with this month's Label Alert.

AMS Proposes to Add Sugarcane to the List of Bioengineered Foods
On July 24, 2020, the USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) took action to update the National Bioengineered Foods List by recommending the addition of a new crop, "Sugarcane (insect-resistant)." Comments are requested by August 24, 2020.
FDA Outlines Qualified Health Claim for Cranberry Juice and Supplements for Urinary Tract Infections
The US Food and Drug Administration will not object to the use of certain qualified health claims regarding consuming certain cranberry juice and supplements and a reduced risk of recurrent urinary tract infection (UTI) in healthy women.
GMO Labeling: USDA "Bioengineered" Labels Are Unlawful, Argues Lawsuit
The National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard - which requires firms to label 'bioengineered' foods and beverages - is unlawful and should be nullified and then revised, according to a lawsuit filed by a coalition of retailers and nonprofits who want stricter GMO labeling laws.
FTC Proposes "Made in USA" Labeling Rule
On July 16, 2020, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) published in the Federal Register a proposed rulemaking seeking comments on a rule related to "Made in USA" and other unqualified U.S.-origin claims on product labels. 
Comments are requested by September 14, 2020.
Trader Joe's Defends Product Labels Criticized as Racist
[Trader Joe's] had previously said the names of international-themed products that were intended to promote inclusiveness, such as Trader José and Trader Ming's, "may now have the opposite effect."
FDA Launches New Era of Smarter Food Safety Initiative, Releases Blueprint and Pilot Study
On July 13, 2020, FDA announced its New Era of Smarter Food Safety Blueprint. The blueprint centers on leveraging new technologies and approaches to create a more digital, transparent and safer food system.

Cultured Chicken Hybrid: KFC Develops 3D-printed Nuggets from Chicken Cells and Plants
What do you get when you cross chicken cells with plant-based ingredients and 3D printing technology? KFC collaborates with biotech research lab 3D Bioprinting Solutions in Moscow to bring hybrid nuggets to the Russian market.
New BE Labeling
Regulations, Updates & Best Practices

Thursday, November 5

With little more than a year left before bioengineered labeling is required on your packaging, PLC is excited to offer a new seminar on BE Labeling.

If your customers have been clamoring for your products' BE status, and you are not sure what to do, then sign up for this intensive, targeted course and get your BE labeling questions answered.

Join us in November for a 3-hour virtual session on:

* BE labeling rules
* USDA updates
* Regulated entities
* Covered foods
* Detectability, testing, refinement & thresholds
* Disclosure options
* Compliance timeline
* Record keeping & ingredient tracking best practices
* Claims considerations
* Enforcement & risk
* Supply chain coordination

... and much more!

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