F.D.A. to hold food labeling workshop in Arkansas

by Eric Schroeder
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WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration, in collaboration with the University of Arkansas, announced it will hold a public workshop entitled "Food Labeling Workshop." The workshop, scheduled for Aug. 12-13 at the Continuing Education Center in Fayetteville, Ark., is intended to provide information about F.D.A. food labeling regulations and other related subjects to the regulated industry, particularly small businesses and startups.

According to the F.D.A., the goal of the workshop "is to present information that will enable manufacturers and regulated industry to better comply with labeling requirements, especially in light of growing concerns about obesity and food allergens."

Topics of discussion include mandatory label elements, nutrition labeling requirements, health and nutrition claims, the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act of 2004, and special labeling issues such as exemptions.

For more information, contact David Arvelo at david.arvelo@fda.hhs.gov.

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