SNAC International Provides Insights on Labeling Regulations at Label-Con Workshop

December 5, 2016

Last month, SNAC International with Food Directions, LLC hosted the inaugural Label-Con Workshop in Baltimore, MD. The one-and-a-half-day workshop was designed to help companies navigate the overwhelming wealth of labeling regulations and design a plan of action for the upcoming years.

 Dean Hornsby, Brand Evangelist from Redimark said, “The Label-Con Workshop has been great in helping me understand the requirements and how to best assist my customers.”             

The first day of the Label-Con Workshop included firsthand dialogue with Jeff Canavan from the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) and Claudine Kavanaugh from the FDA on agency-specific labeling regulations. The program schedule continued with animal husbandry labeling, vending and front of package labeling, and insights on what bio-engineered ingredient disclosure might look like by Doug McKalip with Andie Huberty from USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS). The day wrapped up with Martin Hahn, SNAC International’s Legal Counsel who discussed Liability and Risk in Labeling, and finally a panel discussion on how to effectively communicate labels to the consumer.

Mary Parks, QA Manager from LC America spoke highly of her first day experience. “I appreciate the fact that we heard directly from the people involved in crafting the USDA and FDA regulations for the new labeling requirements. I think this is an invaluable and rare opportunity, and wish more people would take advantage of it,” Parks said. “They were able to explain the upcoming changes in nutritional labeling, as well as the reasoning behind them. They welcomed questions from the audience, and were ready with answers.”

The final day of the Label-Con workshop featured a hands-on labeling case study, which invited attendees to work in groups to complete the problem and receive professional guidance labeling updates.

John Elliot, Director of Technical Services from Golden Flake said, “Label-Con Workshop was very educational, I’ve had a lot of questions that have been answered here.”

There were over 45 people from 28 SNAC International member companies including roles ranging from sales, marketing, quality assurance, research & development, regulatory compliance and more.  The Label-Con Workshop was free for SNAC International members. For more information on SNAC International membership or upcoming events visit snacintl.org or contact Lily Wachtor at lwachtor@snacintl.org.