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OPERATIONS

by Andy Nelson

New GMO labeling
requirements kick in
REDUCING THE NUMBER OF
MISLEADING STATEMENTS on
food labels remains a "big deal"
in the food industry, says April
Kates, a consultant for Alexandria, Virginia-base EAS Consulting Group.
And for grocery perimeter
departments in particular, new
menu regulations are having an
impact on deli, retail foodservice
and other corners of the perimeter. "Large chains with 20 or more
stores will have to comply when
they have ready-made sandwiches, things like that," Kates says.
Providing nutrition labeling
will "continue to challenge the
industry," she says. In addition,
allergen labeling will remain front
and center for deli and other
perimeter departments. As an
example, Kates cites retailers who
sell pre-made salads that ship in
large containers.
"What happens is they buy that
salad for years, and their supplier
might change an ingredient and
end up putting something in
there may not be on the store's
label and that the retailer may not
be cognizant of," she says.
Say the retailer's been buying
fake crab salad for years. One day
their supplier decides to substitute another crustacean that's
not fake, only doesn't tell them
about it.
"It will be a continuing problem
in the industry, especially for grocers," she says. "They have such
a huge list of products, so many
cats to herd, that I think it will be
an issue for them to constantly
stay on top of that."
Another labeling issue that will
be top of mind for perimeter store
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departments in the coming year
is likely to be Country of Origin
Labeling (COOL), Kates says.
"COOL could be an issue in the
perimeter because of trade issues
- having suppliers supply retailers with accurate information is
always a big watchout," she says.
"A ham, for example, if from Italy,
would need to be labeled with
country of origin."
Other than as a requirement for entry into the U.S.,
the United States Department
of Agriculture's Agricultural
Marketing Service requires country of origin labeling on muscle
cuts of beef, veal, lamb, mutton,
pork, goat, chicken, ground
beef, ground lamb, ground pork,
ground goat and ground chicken,
fish and shellfish, perishable
commodities (fresh and frozen
fruits and vegetables), peanuts,
pecans and macadamia nuts.

New laws and regulations regarding GMOs (the latest was issued
by the United States Food and
Drug Administration on Dec. 21,
2018) also will present labeling
challenges for grocery perimeter
departments, Kates says.
"Meat and poultry and egg
products are exempt but combo
products may not be depending
on where they are on the ingredient statement," Kates says. The
closer the non-meat and poultry
ingredients are to the top of the
statement, for example, the more

likely they'll need to identify as GMO.
In the perimeter, some things
are covered under the new
regulations and some aren't,
Kates says.
"It's a very confusing patchwork," she says. "If you make a
sandwich that someone takes
away from the perimeter, that
would not be required," she
says, citing an exemption for
restaurants and that would also
apply to some retail foodservice
applications.
Fresh fruits and vegetables, on
the other hand, are required to
have GMO labeling. Pink pineapples and Arctic brand apples are
two examples.
"I think it will be problematic for people until they get the

By 2020, an
estimated 98% of
food companies
will have switched
to simpler "use
by" labels.

Many grocery prepared foods departments are subject to new labeling laws aimed primarily at restaurants.
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FOOD LABELING

"Commodities that are ingredients in a processed food item, like
a mixed salad, would be exempt,"
Kates says.


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Contents
The Wire - Nutrition Facts Label top choice for health info
US artisan, specialty cheese industry tops 1,000 producers
Ancient grains, fresh produce among top 2019 superfoods
Tilapia demand falls worldwide
Traditional supermarkets notch high marks in new survey
Trader Joe’s again tops grocery retailer list
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International IMPACT
Spring cakes
Bakery - Donuts
Upscale packaging
Deli - Top trends
Side dishes
Meat & Poultry - Chicken choices
Bargain buys
Produce - Organics
Bananas
Seafood - Salmon
Food safety - Meat and poultry best practices
Commissary Insider - Ovens
SPOTLIGHT - VALUE-ADDED MEATS
TECHNOLOGY - INVENTORY MANAGEMENT
OPERATIONS - FOOD LABELING
Product Showcase
Advertisers
Fresh takes
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