Top Legal and Regulatory Issues for Food & Beverage Companies in 2023

January 10 - January 12, 2023

About This Seminar

Join The Food Institute and OFW Law (Olsson Frank Weeda Terman Matz, PC) for a three-part virtual seminar on some of the top legal and regulatory issues facing food and beverage companies in 2023:

Session One – FDA’s plans for “healthy” claims and Front-of-Pack nutrition rating symbols

Session Two – “Carbon Neutral” and related carbon footprint claims – new threats and opportunities

Session Three – Class action litigation - newest developments on class action cases challenging food labeling claims

Day 1 - Tuesday, January 10th
1PM - 2:30PM (EST)

"Healthy" Claims and Front of Pack Nutrition Symbols

FDA is moving full speed ahead on redefining the criteria for the nutrient content claim “healthy.” The agency is also developing a FDA-approved symbol that can voluntarily be used on foods meeting the agency’s newest criteria for the claim and exploring the use of Front-of-Pack nutrition rating warnings.

This session will analyze:

• How the agency’s criteria for total fat, added sugars, and cholesterol content may change for “healthy” foods
• Which foods may lose the right to make “healthy” claims and which foods may gain a new right to be labeled as “healthy”
• What will the FDA’s “healthy” symbol look like and how will it be able to be used in marketing
• How will the FDA’s plans for Front-of-Pack nutrition rating symbols interact with the agency’s plans for “healthy” claims

Be ready and plan ahead with the insight provided by this in depth look at FDA developments on this key food labeling issue.

Day 2 - Wednesday, January 11th
1PM - 2PM (EST)

"Carbon Neutral" Claims: New Threats and Opportunities

Climate change is assuming a greater role in consumer purchasing decisions and companies are taking note of growing consumer awareness of the food industry’s carbon footprint.

Companies are recognizing that they can gain a distinct advantage in the marketplace by addressing climate concerns and by providing carbon ratings on processed foods and menu items.

This session will take a close look at how food producers and service providers are proceeding with carbon labeling initiatives. The webinar will also provide a step-by-step guide on how to plan for, and responsibly implement, a carbon footprint rating system and examine:

• The origins of carbon footprint labeling for foods
• Which companies are providing carbon labeling
• Factors to consider when providing carbon footprint rankings
• Choosing a third-party accreditation and certification program
• The legal framework for carbon rating disclosures
• The role of the USDA, FDA, and Federal Trade Commission
• Best practices and safe harbors for providing carbon footprint ratings

Day 3 - Thursday, January 12th
1PM - 2PM (EST)

Avoiding the Class Action Trap: Class Action Lawsuits and Case Studies

More class action cases challenging food labeling claims were brought in 2022 than ever before. The class action case has become the primary means for enforcing the prohibition against “false or misleading” label claims.

This session will:

• Review the latest court decisions on natural, wholesome, artisan, handcrafted, made with real fruit, vanilla flavored, “veggie,” sustainable, fair trade, GMO Free, Non-GMO, plant-based, and other claims not specifically governed by formal FDA or USDA regulations
• Examine lessons learned from real case studies
• Weigh the costs of defending label claims and learn how to avoid the class action trap


Full 3-Day Pricing: $799

Pricing Discounts:

• Early Bird - $599 (Special pricing ends 12/13/22)

• FI Members - $599 (Food Institute members get a special discount, contact Paola Garcia to receive discount code)

• Group - Group pricing for the 3-day event is offered per person for groups of 2+ attendees.

• Session 1 - $249 (Early Bird pricing ends 12/13/22)

• Session 2 - $189 (Early Bird pricing ends 12/13/22)

• Session 3 - $189 (Early Bird pricing ends 12/13/22)

Email for FI member and group inquiries.

Standard Pricing:
Full 3-Day Pricing: $799
Session 1 - $349
Session 2 - $249
Session 3 - $249

All sessions will be recorded and available to attendees.


Who Should Attend:

• Food and Beverage Industry Professionals
• Food Manufacturers
• Retail Executives
• Regulatory Affairs Professionals
• Quality Assurance VPs
• Foodservice Operators
• Eco Business Consultants

• Best-In-Class Instruction - Training from one of the top food labeling experts in the country.
• Online access - This year's labeling event will again be held virtually, making it easier than ever to attend.
• Replay on-demand - You will have the option to attend live or on-demand.
Sessions in this Seminar
  • “Healthy” Claims and Front of Pack Nutrition Symbols
  • "Carbon Neutral" Claims: New Threats and Opportunities
  • Avoiding the Class Action Trap: Class Action Lawsuits and Case Studies

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