Food Labeling in Flux

Food labeling regulation, once a stalwart of FDA policy, has entered a state of flux. Food companies now need to negotiate a minefield of changing rules and evolving enforcement policies. Manufacturers also face an increasing number of new threats from class action lawsuits brought under state consumer protection laws.

The full day U.S. Food Labeling Seminar 2017, hosted by the Food Institute and OFW Law on November 2, 2017, covered the entire breadth of food labeling regulation. Presentations ranged from reviewing the basics to emerging issues such as the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) new “off again – on again” nutrition labeling regulations.

This course educated food manufacturers on the latest developments affecting the industry. It was designed to provide a comprehensive review of U.S. food labeling requirements. In addition, the seminar focused on policy implications of FDA’s change to qualified health claims rules, re-examination of the meaning of the term “Healthy,” and attempts to define the term “Natural.” USDA’s plan to require labeling of foods with genetically engineered ingredients was also covered.

Moreover, the seminar offered participants advice on how to cope with the “wildcard” of food labeling regulation—class action lawsuits. Lawsuit trends were examined, lighting rod claims identified, and companies offered a blueprint on how to minimize exposure to this growing enforcement threat.

Numerous questions were answered at this full day of presentations and discussions. 

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