Highlights:

  • The new FDA Nutrition Facts Panel deadline is January 1st, 2020 for food manufacturers with $10 million or more in annual sales
  • Manufacturers with less than $10 million in annual sales have an additional year to comply
  • The FDA has updated its list of required nutrients, reference amounts for serving sizes, and the daily values
  • Added Sugars and Dietary Fiber values will require additional consideration, and cannot always be determined analytically
  • Don’t delay! Label printing will likely come before the FDA deadline

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Highlights:

  • Food labeling claims and food safety issues are responsible for the majority of lawsuits against food companies
  • ‘Natural’ labeling claims, foodborne illnesses, and chemical hazards have triggered several lawsuits this year
  • FDA is required to publish a highly anticipated and potentially controversial proposed rule to define high-risk foods
  • There is an upward trend in the annual number of 60-day notices associated with food products for Proposition 65
  • Lawsuits were filed this year to push the FDA to finalize specific FSMA regulations

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Highlights:

  • The FDA has found PFAS present at detectable levels in various foods supporting an EPA 2016 health advisory.
  • PFAS are listed as possible carcinogens and are linked to other health concerns.
  • Foods grown in contaminated soils, irrigated with contaminated water, or in contact with certain food wrappings may contain PFAS.
  • Media discussions on PFAS hazards have further raised consumer awareness.
  • Monitoring ingredients and packaging reduce contamination risk.

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Thank you for visiting us at IAFP. This year’s conference brought together experts from across the globe to learn, engage, and collaborate on the latest scientific advancements in the food industry. As we reflect on the successes of the show, we wanted to share with you some of the highlights that stuck out to us!


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