Welcome to February's Label Alert! This month there's news on preparing for GMO labeling in 2022, an appeals court decision upholding biotin structure/function claims, why the food industry is a sitting duck for massive regulation, and more ...
PLC is celebrating February by offering Label Alert subscribers a free Yeti insulated mug with registration to the 33rd Annual Food Label Conference. Due to the pandemic, this year's conference will be hosted virtually, with 2 days of Main Conference sessions June 7 - 8, followed by 10 monthly topical sessions to keep you up-to-date throughout the year.
So enjoy the shortest month of the year, and catch up on the latest industry news with Label Alert.
Preparing for GMO Labeling in 2022
GMOs are living entities with DNA that has been artificially manipulated. This allows for the creation of plants, animals and microorganisms that do not occur in nature or through traditional crossbreeding methods. The ingredient development technique has become controversial ... [and] ... has led to a segment of consumers who do not want such products in their diet.
Up & Up & Out. Structure/Function Claims Preempted by the FDCA
[I]n a substantial win for the dietary supplement industry, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the Northern District of California’s grant of summary judgment to Target, ruling that state law false advertising challenges to permissible structure/function claims are preempted by the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (“FDCA”).
Why The Food Industry Is A Sitting Duck For Massive Regulation
The food industry has had an easy time during the Trump administration, which demonstrated no appetite to regulate unhealthy foods, rolled back child nutrition initiatives and loosened efforts to address climate change. But the Biden administration will likely be more aggressive about public health issues linked to the food industry, including its role in climate change and obesity.
FDA Issues Uniform Compliance Date for Final Food Labeling RegulationsFederal Register
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced today that January 1, 2024, will be the uniform compliance date for final food labeling regulations that are issued in calendar years 2021 and 2022.
Wave of Class Action Lawsuits Alleging Deceptive Labeling of ‘Vanilla’ Products May be Coming to an End
As of a January 19, 2021 order dismissing false advertising claims against Topco Associates LLC’s ‘Vanilla Almond Milk’, district court judges in the Southern District of New York have now rejected, as a matter of law, five cases attempting to claim that the word “vanilla” on food labeling falsely communicates to a reasonable consumer that the flavor of the respective ice cream and beverage products at issue derives entirely from real vanilla.
Carbon Footprint Labeling for Food Manufacturers and the Foodservice Industry
Consumer demand for information about the foods they eat continually evolves.... Food companies of all sizes, ranging from Quorn (a meat-substitute producer) to PepsiCo and Nestle, are implementing or considering carbon rating programs that inform consumers about the impact a particular food has on climate change and the environment.
This year's conference will feature two days of Main Conference sessions June 7-8, followed by the Continuing Conference: 10 monthly topical sessions to keep you up-to-date throughout the year.
The conference has three main parts:
1. Main Conference:
Sessions will highlight current and former government officials giving insight into government priorities and enforcement actions for the upcoming year.
2. Continuing Conference: Sessions will take place monthly from July of 2021 through April of 2022, and feature government & industry experts on trending topics to keep you abreast of the latest developments in labeling (included in conference registration).
3. Optional Add-On Trainings: In-depth seminars on a variety of labeling topics.
*Receive a free Yeti when you register this month with Code YETI.
Limit one promotional offer or discount per registration.