Food and Drug Administration, HHS.
Notice of public workshop.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Office of Regulatory Affairs, Southwest Regional Small Business Representative (SWR SBR) Program, in collaboration with Iowa State University, is announcing a public workshop entitled “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 March 3 and 4, 2011, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Location: The public workshop will be held at the Scheman Conference Center, Lincoln Way and University Avenue, Iowa State Center, Ames, IA.
Contact: David Arvelo, Food and Drug Administration, Southwest Regional Office, 4040 North Central Expressway, suite 900, Dallas, TX 75204, 214-253-4952, FAX: 214-253-4970, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For information on accommodation options, visit http://www.fshn.hs.iastate.edu/foodlabel/register.php or contact Dr. Ruth MacDonald, 2312 Food Sciences Building, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011, 515-294-5991, FAX: 515-294-8181, email: email@example.com.
Registration: You are encouraged to register by February 21, 2011. The workshop has a $250 registration fee to cover the cost of facilities, materials, lunch on day 1, and breaks. There is no registration fee for FDA employees. Seats are limited; please submit your registration as soon as possible. Workshop space will be filled in order of receipt of registration. Those accepted into the workshop will receive confirmation. Registration will close after the workshop 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 $350 payable to: “Iowa State University.” If you need special accommodations due to a disability, please contact Dr. Ruth MacDonald (see Contact) at least 14 days in advance.
Registration Form Instructions: To register, please complete the online registration form at http://www.fshn.hs.iastate.edu/foodlabel/register.php, or submit your full name, business or organization name, complete mailing address, telephone number, email address, optional fax number, and any special accommodations required due to disability, along with a check or money order for $250 payable to “Iowa State University.” Mail to: Dr. Ruth MacDonald, Food Science and Human Nutrition, 2312 Food Sciences Building, Ames, IA 50011.
Transcripts: Transcripts of the public workshop will not be available due to the format of this workshop. Requests for workshop handouts may be obtained through David Arvelo (see Contact).End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
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 FDA's Kansas City District Office. The SWR SBR 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 SBR Program, which are in part to respond to industry inquiries, develop educational materials, and sponsor workshops and conferences to provide firms, particularly small businesses, with firsthand working knowledge of FDA's requirements and compliance policies. This workshop is Start Printed Page 74737also consistent with the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996 (Pub. L. 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. This is a hands-on workshop. Topics to be discussed at the workshop include: (1) Mandatory label elements, (2) nutrition labeling requirements, (3) the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act of 2004, (4) health and nutrient content claims, (5) special labeling issues such as exemptions, and (6) current topics on food labeling and nutrition. FDA expects that participation in this public workshop will provide regulated industry with greater understanding of the Agency's regulatory and policy perspectives on food labeling and increase voluntary compliance with labeling requirements.Start Signature
Dated: November 24, 2010.
Acting Assistant Commissioner for Policy.
[FR Doc. 2010-30191 Filed 11-30-10; 8:45 am]
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