February 2023

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Welcome to February's Label Alert! In this month's headlines, FSIS expands criteria for generic label approval, FDA proposes a redesign of its Human Food Program, USDA's Deputy Commissioner of Food Policy and Response resigns, and more ...

This month, we're highlighting opportunities to get up to speed on USDA's new Generic rule.

Now, get caught up on the latest industry news from Label Alert.

BREAKING NEWS: FSIS Expands Generic Label Approval

On January 18, 2023, USDA published a final rule expanding the criteria of generic label approval for inspected meat, poultry, and egg products. This PLC press release provides a quick summary of changes, regulatory impacts and compliance deadlines.  

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Following Criticism, FDA Proposes Redesign of its Human Food Program

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The head of the US Food and Drug Administration proposed sweeping changes to the agency’s food safety programs in order to protect the US food supply and promote better nutrition. The changes would reform human food programs and the FDA’s Office of Regulatory Affairs, which handles inspections, laboratory testing, import and investigative operations.

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Frank Yiannas, Deputy Commissioner of Food Policy and Response, Submits his Resignation

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Frank Yiannas informed Commissioner Robert Califf of the U. S. Food and Drug Administration that he will be resigning his position as Deputy Commissioner for the Office of Food Policy and Response at the FDA effective February 24.

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USDA Publishes Strengthening Organic Enforcement Final Rule

On January 18, 2023 USDA National Organic Program previewed the Strengthening Organic Enforcement (SOE) final rule. This update to the USDA organic regulations strengthens oversight and enforcement of the production, handling, and sale of organic products. 

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FDA Plans Consumer Study on Front-of-Pack Labeling

FDA published a notice in the Federal Register of an upcoming consumer research project looking into the most effective way to communicate nutritional information on the front of food packages.

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The FDA Proposes New Targets to Limit Lead in Baby Food

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It's not possible to remove all traces of lead from the food supply, because the heavy metal is found throughout the environment and can be absorbed by plants. So traces are found in the vegetables, fruits and grains that are used to make baby food. The FDA is issuing new guidelines to reduce children's exposure to the lowest level possible.

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USDA Announces Rigorous New School Nutrition Standards

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The Biden administration announced more stringent nutrition standards for school meals, reviving efforts to improve the health of millions of public school students in the face of a staggering rise in childhood obesity and other diet-related diseases. The new rules, which will be rolled out gradually over the next few years, will limit added sugars, including in flavored milks.

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Get Up To Date on New Generic Labeling

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Free Webinar: USDA Generic Expansion & Recordkeeping for the New Rule

The expansion of generic approval means fewer labels will require USDA label review, but a greater burden on food companies to ensure compliance. Join PLC in this free webinar with live Q&A to review the new details of expanded generic criteria and learn critical best practices for managing label approval recordkeeping.

USDA Labeling Seminar: USDA Approval Roadmap: Generic, LPDS, and Recordkeeping

February 23

USDA labeling can be very confusing with many different sources for rules, policies, and regulations. Stakes can be high with generic labels no longer having FSIS's stamp of approval. In addition, local inspectors are giving added scrutiny to labels, and the risk of Noncompliance Records is greater than ever. Learn the best way to ensure USDA label approval with this seminar.

Food Label Conference: USDA Generic Labeling Seminar

June 7

USDA label approval procedures continue to evolve with a new rulemaking for generic label approvals. This seminar will review when you need to go to the USDA for approval and when you can do it yourself. It will also cover top hazards with label review and insider tips and tricks on how to manage the process to get to market faster. 

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