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Robert M. Kerr Food & Agricultural Products Center

FAPC Flash - FAPC workshop teaches new food labeling guidelines

Oklahoma State University's Robert M. Kerr Food & Agricultural Products Center will hold a public Food Labeling Workshop May 17-18, 2017, to provide information about the Food and Drug Administration's new food labeling regulations and other related subjects to the regulated industry, particularly small businesses and start-ups.

(Stillwater, Okla. - April 13, 2017) Oklahoma State University's Robert M. Kerr Food & Agricultural Products Center will hold a public Food Labeling Workshop to provide information about the Food and Drug Administration's new food labeling regulations and other related subjects to the regulated industry, particularly small businesses and start-ups.

The two-day workshop will be held May 17-18, in room 120 of FAPC in Stillwater, Oklahoma. The workshop will cover numerous topics, including the newest changes to the mandatory label elements, nutritional labeling requirements, health and nutrition claims, the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act of 2004 and other special labeling issues such as exemptions.

"The FDA Labeling guidelines can be quite confusing, and many food labels currently on the market are not compliant," said Andrea Graves, FAPC business planning and marketing specialist. "We definitely see a need to give processors some help in this area."

In addition to Graves, specialists presenting at the workshop include William McGlynn, FAPC horticultural products processing specialist; Darren Scott, FAPC sensory specialist; Chuck Willoughby, FAPC business and marketing relations manager; and Jake Nelson, FAPC meat processing specialist.

"Food allergies are becoming more prevalent among today's consumers," Willoughby said. "Consumers are more apt than ever to be label readers, and they depend on labels clearly communicating any allergens that the food product may contain."

Not only is this a series of lectures, but also a true hands-on workshop where participants learn by doing, Graves said. Small and start-up companies would benefit greatly from this workshop.

"Many of our clients are unfamiliar with the rules and regulations of developing a correct food label," Graves said. "This workshop will provide the necessary information and tools that will allow food companies to understand the criteria that need to be used in proper product labeling."

The cost of this workshop is $500. Lunch, refreshments and workshop materials are included in the cost. To register for the event, call 405-744-6277, email karenl.smith@okstate.edu or register online at www.fapc.biz/workshops/foodlabeling.

A block of rooms is available at  Home2 Suites by Hilton - Stillwater. Call 405-372-2550 and mention the group code FAP, or book online with the group code to get the $91 plus taxes special rate.

For those who are interested in taking this class but cannot attend, an online workshop also is available. For more information on the online class, please visit https://ceatpd.okstate.edu/node/61.

FAPC, a part of OSU's Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, is celebrating its 20-year anniversary in 2017. Since its inception in January 1997, the center's research laboratories, pilot-processing facilities, educational programs and seminars have kept food and agricultural processors and entrepreneurs on the forefront of cutting-edge value-added processing and technology.

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CONTACT:

Andrea Graves
Robert M. Kerr Food & Agricultural Products Center
142 FAPC
Stillwater, OK 74078
Phone: 405-744-6071
Fax: 405-744-6313
E-Mail: andrea.graves@okstate.edu

Oklahoma State University, U.S. Department of Agriculture, State and Local Governments Cooperating. The Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service offers its programs to all eligible persons regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, disability, or status as a veteran, and is an equal opportunity employer.