10, Number 1 - January 2009
IN THIS ISSUE:
About Food Consulting Company
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Happy New Year! January is the perfect time
to organize a strategy for efficient completion
of food labeling projects throughout the year.
Include a prepaid plan for
from Food Consulting Company in your strategy
and you will get timely, accurate answers to
questions that might otherwise stump, stress or
slow you down. See the plans and order at
Is there a
regulated definition for high protein, as a
percentage of protein in a serving?
Yes. High protein is a regulated nutrient
content claim and the word "high" means greater
than or equal to 20% Daily Value.
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for Reader Q&A (no charge).
Food Labels Q&A Winning Topics Announced
In December 2008, Food Consulting Company
notified three newsletter subscribers that
questions they submitted to Food Label News were
selected as winning questions among those that
were answered in the newsletter during 2008. The
questions/topics are winners because they ranked
highest in interest by other readers. Each of
the three winners received a $25 check in
recognition of his/her contribution to Food
Label News. The 2008 winners and links to Q&As
answered since Reader Q&A began in the June 2006
Food Label News
are posted on Food Consulting Company's
Reader Q&A Page.
Food Label News will continue to respond to one
question per month as space permits. Submitters
of the top three questions during the 2009
calendar year will be acknowledged with a $25
thank you check in December 2009.
Agendas Inform on Food Labels Rule Status
The Semiannual Regulatory Agenda for all U.S.
Government Agencies was published in the
November 24, 2008, Federal Register. The agenda
describes the regulatory actions that are under
development or recently completed for each
agency. Five regulatory actions affecting food
labels, and their stage
in the rulemaking process, are reported for FDA
under Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
The agenda items and most recent related Food
Label News articles are:
Pre-rule: Serving Sizes and Nutrition
Label Requirement for Food That Has Been
Refused Admission Into the United States,
Cochineal Extract and Carmine Label
Actions: Current Good Manufacturing Practice
in Manufacturing, Packing, Labeling, or
Holding Operations for Dietary Supplements
Actions: Safe Handling
Statements, Labeling of Shell Eggs
FDA Sets Uniform Compliance Date
The December 8, 2008, Federal Register announced
that FDA is establishing January 2, 2012, as the
uniform compliance date for food labeling
regulations that are issued between January 1,
2009, and December 31, 2010. Since January 1,
2012, falls on a Sunday the uniform compliance
date will be January 2, 2012.
In December 2006, FDA established January 1,
2010, as the uniform compliance date for food
labeling regulations issued between January 1,
2007, and December 31, 2008. FDA periodically
announces uniform compliance dates for new food
labeling requirements to minimize the economic
impact of label changes.
Federal Register notice.
Commentary: Food labeling regulation
changes in the period of January 1, 2007, to
December 31, 2008, were not far-reaching to
affect all labels; most labels that were in FDA
compliance with allergen and trans fat labeling
regulations on January 1, 2006, are already in
compliance with labeling regulations for January
1, 2010. For more on compliance dates see
Food Label News Q&A.
At Your Service:
Plan now for 2009 regulatory support. With Food
Consulting Company's FDA
Ongoing Regulatory Support
in 2009, labelers will quickly move past
technical information roadblocks that can slow
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