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Volume 10, Number 1 - January 2009


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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 regulatory support 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

Q.  Is there a regulated definition for high protein, as a percentage of protein in a serving?      A.G., Consultant, Ohio


A.  Yes. High protein is a regulated nutrient content claim and the word "high" means greater than or equal to 20% Daily Value. Read more.

Submit a question 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 are:

All questions answered since Reader Q&A began in the June 2006 issue of Food Label News are posted on Food Consulting Company's Reader Q&A Page.

Commentary: 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 Labeling, article

  • Proposed Rule: Label Requirement for Food That Has Been Refused Admission Into the United States, article

  • Final Rule: Cochineal Extract and Carmine Label Declaration, article

  • Long-Term Actions: Current Good Manufacturing Practice in Manufacturing, Packing, Labeling, or Holding Operations for Dietary Supplements

  • Long-Term Actions: Safe Handling Statements, Labeling of Shell Eggs

See HHS Agenda.

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.

See 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 label completion. Contact Us to set your plan in motion.

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