Welcome to August's Label Alert! In this month's headlines, FTC issues rule to deter Made in USA labeling fraud, USDA seeks to promote transparency in Product of USA labeling, the House encourages FDA to clarify labeling of plant-based foods, and more ...
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FTC Issues Rule to Deter Rampant Made in USA Fraud
The Federal Trade Commission finalized a new rule that will crack down on marketers who make false, unqualified claims that their products are Made in the USA. Under the rule, marketers making unqualified Made in USA claims on labels should be able to prove that their products are “all or virtually all” made in the United States.
USDA Announces Efforts to Promote Transparency in Product of the USA Labeling
Statement released by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack following the Federal Trade Commission’s vote to strengthen its enforcement of the Made in USA standard: “Today, the Federal Trade Commission took important steps to enhance its ability to enforce the Made in USA standard. I congratulate the FTC on strengthening this important protection for American consumers. USDA will complement the FTC’s efforts with our own initiative on labeling for products regulated by FSIS ..."
Oatmilk or Oat Drink? House Appropriations Committee ‘Encourages FDA to Provide Clarity around the Labeling of Plant-based Foods’
Oatmilk or oat drink? Plant-based cheese or cultured nut product? A report from the House Committee on Appropriations “encourages the FDA to provide clarity around the labeling of plant-based foods that use traditional meat, dairy, and egg terminology,” an issue that continues to generate heated debate as more states attempt to restrict the use of terms such as ‘milk’ and ‘meat.’
Cell-based Meat Faces a Major Challenge in Regulatory Approval
In just five years, the cell-based meat industry has evolved from a handful of startups to around 80 startups, including companies developing end products and those working on specific technology challenges. More than $800 million has been invested in the space since its arrival in agrifood in 2016.... Despite this progress, the industry still faces a major challenge in regulatory approval ...
Unilever: Breakthrough as Food Industry Giant Introduces Carbon Footprint Labels on Food
One of the world’s biggest food and consumer goods companies is set to introduce carbon footprint labels on its products for the first time by the end of the year – marking a key moment in the shift to badge products with their cost to the planet.
“Reading through [food] labels, there’s a lot that stands out, and a lot of things that don’t, but you’re still processing all of that information,” said Cydnee Bence, a Vermont Law School fellow who has been working on Labels Unwrapped, a website that aims to help consumers interpret food labels.
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