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University of Arkansas/Food and Drug Administration Food Labeling; Public Workshop

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AGENCY:

Food and Drug Administration, HHS.

ACTION:

Notice of public workshops.

SUMMARY:

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA), Southwest Regional Small Business Representative Program (SWR SBR), in collaboration with The University of Arkansas (UA), is announcing a public workshop entitled “UA/FDA Food Labeling Workshop.” This public workshop is intended to provide information about FDA food labeling regulations and other related subjects to the regulated industry, particularly small businesses and startups.

Date and Time: This public workshop will be held on April 5, 2005, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on April 6, 2005, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Location: The public workshop will be held at the Continuing Education Center in Fayetteville, AR, located downtown (2 East Center St.).

Contact: Steven C. Seideman, 2650 North Young Ave., Institute of Food Science & Engineering, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR 72704, 479-575-4221, FAX: 479-575-2165, or e-mail: seideman@uark.edu.

For information on accommodation options, contact Steven C. Seideman (see Contact).

Registration: Registration by March 21, 2005, is encouraged. The University of Arkansas has a $75 registration fee to cover the cost of facilities, materials, speakers, and breaks. Seats are limited, please submit your registration as soon as possible. Course space will be filled in order of receipt of registration. Those accepted into the course will receive confirmation. Registration will close Start Printed Page 6451after the course is filled. Registration at the site is not guaranteed but may be possible on a space available basis on the day of the public workshop beginning at 8 a.m. The cost of registration at the site is $80 payable to The University of Arkansas. If you need special accommodations due to a disability, please contact Steven C. Seideman (see Contact) at least 7 days in advance.

Registration Form Instructions: To register, please complete the form below and submit along with a check or money order for $75 payable to the “The University of Arkansas.” Mail to: Institute of Food Science & Engineering, University of Arkansas, 2650 North Young Ave., Fayetteville, AR 72704.

Name: ______________________

Affiliation:  ____________________

Mailing Address: ____________________

City: ____________________ State:_____ Zip Code: ________

Phone: (  ) ________________

Fax: (  ) ________________

E-mail: (  ) _________________

Special Accommodations Required: ____________________________________

Transcripts: Transcripts of the public workshop will not be available due to the format of this workshop. Course handouts may be requested at cost through the Freedom of Information Office (HFI-35), Food and Drug Administration, 5600 Fishers Lane, rm. 12A-16, Rockville, MD 20857, approximately 15 working days after the public workshop at a cost of 10 cents per page.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

The FDA Southwest Regional Small Business Representative previously presented this workshop in Kansas City, MO on January 10 and 11, 2002 (66 FR 65976) and in Dallas, TX on April 14 and 15, 2002 (67 FR 15211).

This public workshop is being held in response to the large volume of food labeling inquiries from small food manufacturers and startups originating from the area covered by the FDA Denver District Office. The Southwest Regional Small Business Representative presents these workshops to help achieve objectives set forth in section 406 of the Food and Drug Administration Modernization Act of 1997 (21 U.S.C. 393), which include working closely with stakeholders and maximizing the availability and clarity of information to stakeholders and the public. This is consistent with the purposes of the Small Business Representative Program, which are in part to respond to industry inquiries, develop educational materials, sponsor workshops and conferences to provide firms, particularly small businesses, with firsthand working knowledge of FDA's requirements and compliance policies. This workshop is also consistent with the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996 (Public Law 104-121), as outreach activities by Government agencies to small businesses.

The goal of this public 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. Information presented will be based on agency position as articulated through regulation, compliance policy guides, and information previously made available to the public. Topics to be discussed at the workshop include: (1) Mandatory label elements, (2) nutrition labeling requirements, (3) health and nutrition claims, (4) FDA's allergen declaration policy, and (5) special labeling issues such as exemptions. FDA expects that participation in this public workshop will provide regulated industry with greater understanding of the regulatory and policy perspectives on food labeling and increase voluntary compliance.

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Dated: February 1, 2005.

Jeffrey Shuren,

Assistant Commissioner for Policy.

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[FR Doc. 05-2299 Filed 2-4-05; 8:45 am]

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