Welcome to July's Label Alert! In this month's headlines, FDA amends the standard of identity for yogurt, FDA also plans to publish guidance on sodium reduction goals and plant-based milk alternatives, Perdue claims a lawsuit over its Fresh Line labeling is frivolous, and more ...
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So make the best of summer's dog days with the latest industry news from Label Alert!
FDA Amends Standard of Identity for Yogurt
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is issuing a final rule to amend and modernize the standard of identity for yogurt by allowing for greater flexibilities and technological advances in yogurt production.
Perdue Calls Animal Rights Group's Lawsuit over Fresh Line Labeling 'Frivolous'
Perdue Farms labeled “frivolous” a lawsuit filed against the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service by the Animal Legal Defense Fund alleging FSIS allowed Perdue to use misleading labels on its Fresh Line chicken and turkey products.
The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California dismissed without prejudice the first amended complaint in a consumer class action lawsuit against Trader Joe’s over the claim ‘Vanilla Flavored With Other Natural Flavors’ on the product label of the grocery chain’s Vanilla Almond Clusters cereal that the plaintiff alleged derived most of its vanilla flavor from vanillin and ethyl vanillin rather than vanilla bean.
Food and Food Safety Were on the Dockets of Many State Legislatures in 2021
State legislatures introduced several hundred bills related to food during the 2021 legislative sessions. Almost every state introduced legislation regarding food—including food delivery, cannabis, COVID-19, and food freedom —and state legislatures heard about proposed policy changes to food laws.
Traffic-light System of ‘Eco-scores’ to be Piloted on British Food Labels
The UK government and major brands are backing a bid to help consumers assess environmental impact of products. A new traffic light system on food and drinks packaging is being launched to allow consumers to make more environmentally friendly choices.
Career Corner: Cargill Regulatory Affairs Specialist
Cargill has an opening posted for the Regulatory Affairs Specialist role. This role will be responsible for packaging and specifications for primary poultry (turkey) business. This position is located in Wichita, KS at Cargill Innovation Center. This posting will close 7/13/2021.
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