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Day 1

Time Activity
8:00 a.m. Registrations
8:10 a.m. Welcome, Introductions and Logistics
8:30 a.m. Current Food Labeling Enforcement
Laws that govern food labeling, who enforces them and how they are enforced.
10:00 a.m. Break
10:20 a.m. Regulatory Requirements for Food Labels and Labeling
Information that needs to be on a package label and where that information should be located. Specific topics include product naming, net contents, statement of responsible party and labeling of non-retail food packages.
12:00 p.m. Lunch (Provided)
1:00 p.m. Ingredient Statements & Standards of Identity
The requirements for designating ingredients, common or usual name, proper multicomponent ingredient listing, allergen disclosures, and the mandates for labeling products having legal US Standards of Identity.
2:45 p.m. Break
3:15 p.m. Nutrition Labeling Requirements, Formats, and Exemptions
When nutrition labeling is required, what shall or may be included, and how should the information be presented? Also, when may alternative formats be used, and what qualifies a product for exemption?
4:50 p.m. Question and Answer Forum
5:00 p.m. Adjourn

Day 2

Time Activity
8:00 a.m. Nutrient Content, Health, and Other Labeling Claims (2h15)
A thorough review of the current requirements for health messages, nutrient content, and descriptors such as free, lite, low-, and healthy.
10:15 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m. Today's Hot Topics in Food Labeling
The latest information on the laws, regulations and policies that control labeling food products regarding such topics as:
  • Country of Origin
  • Whole Grain Label Statements
  • Biotechnology
  • Organic
  • Natural
12:00 p.m. Lunch (Provided)
1:00 p.m. Workshop: Practical Application of Labeling Techniques
A hands-on opportunity to develop food product labels using the seminar information in special case studies.
4:00 p.m. Adjourn

Successful completion of this course earns the participant a certificate of completion and Continuing Education Units.

Learning objectives

  • Determine which government agencies are responsible for regulating the labeling of food and the laws that they administer. Identify what types of enforcement action may be taken for violative products.
  • Apply the regulations pertaining to principal display panels (PDP), information panels (IP), statement of identity for product naming, package quantity of contents statements and name/address of place of business.
  • Demonstrate the proper declaration of ingredients on a package label and the correct disclosure of major food allergens.
  • Distinguish between retail food packages and those for restaurants, institutions and other food service industries and determine what labeling elements are required on each type of package.
  • Determine when country of origin labeling is required, what types of whole grain statements can be made, and whether a product can be labeled as "natural", "gluten-free", or "organic".
  • Summarize what information has to be in the nutrition facts panel, what information is voluntary, how the information is declared, when different nutrition formats can be used and when a product may be exempt from nutrition labeling.
  • Explain the difference between nutrient content claims and health claims, and discuss the requirements for the various types of claims.

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